The Inspiration Behind
Eliza’s Helping Hands

Eliza’s Helping Hands was founded in 2015 in Winston-Salem with a focus on helping victims of various crimes, including survivors of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. Since its founding, the organization has served over 5,000 clients.

Making a Referral

If you would like to make a referral, please complete this form and email it to us, or call our office during regular office hours.

COVID & the Rise of Domestic Violence

North Carolina Facts About Domestic Violence

  • In 2020, 134 victims of domestic violence-related homicide were reported — a 24% increase from the previous year
  • 43.9% of North Carolina women experience intimate partner-physical violence, intimate partner sexual violence, and/or intimate partner stalking in their lifetime, while 19.3% of men have similar experiences
  • On average, North Carolina domestic violence hotlines receive 21,000 calls a day (15 calls every minute)
  • Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crimes in North Carolina
  • 72% of all murder-suicides involve an intimate partner

How WE Can Help

If you or someone you know is in an emergency situation, dial 9-1-1 or contact your local police department.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence or sexual assault, please know that any information shared with our organization will be kept confidential, as we strive to maintain safety for all.

Click here to download our Referral Form.

How YOU Can Help

We are a 501-c-3 non-profit that relies on the generosity of donors and volunteers to continue our mission.

Click to donate via PayPal, Venmo (@Eliza2015), or CashApp ($elizashands). Checks can be made out to Community Intervention & Educational Services.

* Donations of personal and household items are welcomed. Gift cards to grocery stores, drug stores, and other retailers are always in need from the people we assist.


Eliza’s Helping Hands*
1225 East 5th Street, Suite 100
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
*Inside the Winston Mutual Building

Eliza’s Helping Hands Mission

Eliza’s Helping Hands is a Winston-Salem-based minority-women-led non-profit focused on advocating and serving men, women, and children affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and other violent crimes.

Since 2015, we have advocated for social equality in legal justice, access to health care, economic and educational opportunities. We support all communities but make sure we are serving those communities that are often unserved such as the Black American, Immigrant, and Indigenous Communities. However, we never discriminate against anyone regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. We believe that we must work and come together as a community to provide access to quality services and support for the residents of Forsyth and surrounding counties.

Here are just some of the services we provide (click here to see more):

  • Victim services: Support groups, court advocacy, access to trauma focused counseling (including children) access to community resources, safe space
  • Supervised visitation
  • District court mediation
  • Preventive programs (Pearls) for young women ages 12 to 18 including access to access to Horse Therapy
  • Self-care and self-esteem classes

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.

Community Support

We work alongside these organizations and government agencies to advocate for the well-being of every person seeking assistance.

  • Forsyth County District Court Services
  • Department of Social Services
  • Children’s Law Center
  • Winston-Salem Police Department
  • The Winston-Salem Sheriff’s Department
  • Domestic Violence Victim Crime Unit
  • Crime Unit
  • Community Intervention Services
  • Winston-Salem State University
  • Wake Forest University Law Domestic Unit

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.

Watch this brief video to learn more about Eliza’s Helping Hands

2023 Board of Directors

Chair: Shayna Smith

Financial Advisor: Leslie Juarez

Kelly Graves

Reina Rodriguez

Elizabeth Valentin- Martinez

Ishmel Hernadez


The PEARLS Program stands for Preparing Eager Achievers to Redirect their Lives Successfully, and is centered around young women of color between the ages of 12 – 18, who have experienced personal trauma, disenfranchisement, or need an extra layer of support or empowerment. The goal of the program is to improve the quality of life for our PEARLS through holistic support, counseling, workshops, activities, and overall fellowship for participants to improve social, emotional and career development opportunities. Through various activities, we also hope to introduce and expose the girls to new experience and growth opportunities that they may not have experienced or had access to.

Click here to learn more.

We are especially grateful for these organizations & individuals for their support:

Brookridge Retirement Homes

Forsyth County Citadel

Forsyth County – Mediation Services

Wake Forest University – DVCC Coalition

Winston-Salem Foundation – Captial Campaign – Shelter Service

Winston-Salem Foundation- Fiscal Sponsor for Hogar Immigrante

Winston-Salem Foundation- Private Family Donor

City of Winston-Salem – SOAR Grant

Women’s Fund – PEARLS Program

Harris and Co, Inc- Tyler Covington- Jennie Lynch

Taste of the South- Alex Steahin

Please support those who support us! Click here.

COVID-19 Update

We continue to monitor and follow all recommendations set forth by the governor and our state and local health professionals. Our offices are open, and all victim services are available both in-person and online as an option. We are following all recommendations for keeping our facilities clean.

We are allowing online sessions and treatment as an option for victims and survivors at their request. Please contact our office for more details. All office visitors must wear a mask. If you don’t have a mask, one will be provided. It is our duty to continue to make sure all of the victims and survivors that we provide services for remain safe and feel safe while they are in treatment and that we do what we can to make that happen. Should you require any assistance or have any special needs, please contact us at 336-865-0388.