Today we’d like to introduce you to Kenya Thornton.
Hi Kenya, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to introduce yourself.
We started Eliza’s Helping Hands, named after my grandmother, in 2015 to be added resource in the community to serve victims, survivors, and their families of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Human Trafficking. We also support and advocate for the economic, educational, and health rights of those in our community who have been systematically mistreated and denied access to those basic needs and services. We do court advocacy, counseling, financial assistance, horse therapy, and preventative services for young women and work with our local community partners. They share the same mission as our organization.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
If everything were smooth, everyone would do it. Of course, our biggest challenge is getting the resources to make the largest impact, but we do a lot with what we have, and God has always provided us with what we need when we need it.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next, you can tell us more about your business.
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, and economic and educational opportunities. We support all communities but ensure we serve those often unserved communities such as the Black American, Immigrant, and Indigenous Communities. However, we never discriminate against anyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. 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.
- Support groups, court advocacy, access to trauma-focused counseling (including children), access to community resources, and 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. 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.
How would we have described you growing up if we knew you were growing up?
I had a lovely childhood, wonderful parents, a cool brother, and a sister. I love God and all the opportunities he has allowed my parents to give my siblings and me. I was quiet as a child but came into full bloom once I discovered I wanted to try and experience and see the world, which I have. I enjoy horseback riding, swimming, traveling, cooking, and being around people who are different than me. It has helped me evolve into the person I am and who I hope I can be.
- Website: www.elizashelpinghands.org
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100011236086627