Our founder who first began servicing court ordered offenders through the COOL Program in 2012, which focused on educating clients ordered to complete an approved domestic violence program, founded Eliza’s Helping Hands. Because of the services that offenders were getting, we saw the need for additional victim services so then our services expanded and Eliza’s Helping Hands was formed. Eliza’s Helping Hands works with the following: Forsyth County District Court, Department of Social Services, Children’s Law Center, WS police department, Sheriffs Department, Domestic Violence Victim Crime Unit, Community Intervention, Winston Salem State University, Wake Forest University Law Domestic Unit, just to mention a few. We are also committed to educating and training future students from local universities who have a shared interest in social work, law and human related fields.
Named after her grandmother who was also a giver of the heart, Eliza was formed to help those victims of various crimes. As the need for services grew both “The Cool Program” and Eliza’s Helping Hands grew. Initially starting its service at a free space donated by WSSU, both agencies grew to where to date they have served over 5,000 clients to date. We hope to continue to be able to serve and work along side all of our community partners and government agencies to continue to advocate for the well being of every person we come in contact with.
Eliza’s Helping Hands is a local non-profit whom focus is to serve men, women and children affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and other violent crimes that affect our community. We also advocate for the social justice for those who typically don’t have a voice.
Board of Directors / Community Advisors
Claudia Davies – Board Chair
Rachel Barnhardt – Co-Chair
Danielle Giles – Treasurer
Courtney Nowlin – Secretary
Wake Wagner – Adviser