"Providing safe housing for women and their children through a program that empowers them to become self-sufficient and free from violence."
Dottie's House is a transitional housing facility designed to aid women and children who have survived domestic violence. We are proactively helping these families develop the life skills needed to become self-sufficient for their future financial and emotional independence. By supplying an affordable housing option and housing these families in their own private apartments, we are better able to offer services and assist clients on-site, while providing a secure and monitored environment for them through our two year program.
The facility was incorporated in 1999 and is confidentially located in Ocean County. In 2007, Dottie's House was expanded and now provides housing and services to 17 families in its 16 two and three-bedroom apartments and one one-bedroom efficiency. We very often have more than 30 children living in the facility at any given time.
Dottie's House is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation registered as a New Jersey Charitable Organization. We have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women as being one of only two programs of its kind in the country, with the other located in Georgia.
Dottie's House was founded by Carol A. Wolfe in 1999. After reading several articles of acts of domestic violence committed throughout the State of New Jersey, Mrs. Wolfe recognized that Ocean County had been among one of the highest ranked counties where many of these cases had occurred. She decided it was time to do something about it. Domestic violence affects Mrs. Wolfe dearly because her mother was a victim. Like many other victims, she stayed with her abuser because that was all she knew and she had nowhere else to go with her children.
Mrs. Wolfe envisioned a safe home for female victims of domestic violence where they could bring their children to escape their abuser in a safe, secure environment. However, she didn't just want to create a roof over their heads; she wanted to offer a program that makes a difference in the lives of the families it serves. Her vision soon became a reality when Dottie's House opened its doors on September 30, 1999. While the facility was initially named Sea Shellter, it was renamed Dottie's House in honor of Mrs. Wolfe's mother, Dottie Camilli, who unfortunately passed away during the construction phase of the project. However, we know Dottie is there in spirit, guiding the women through this life changing program.
Mrs. Wolfe currently remains the Executive Director and is actively involved in the facility's programs and annual fundraising events.
|Awards & Honorariums
Carol A. Wolfe has been recognized for her many achievements. Below are some of the awards she has received throughout her career:
- 1997 Ocean County Association of Retarded Citizens Humanitarian Award
- 1997 New Jersey American Institute of Architects Resident of the Year
- 1997 Jersey Shore Chapter American Institute of Architects Resident of the Year
- 1998 Good Neighbor Award - St. Thomas Christian Academy
- 2000 New Jersey Excellence in Housing Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement Office of the Governor
- 2000 Ocean County Chapter - ARC - Distinguished Service Award
- 2001 Providence House Woman of Influence - Outstanding Commitment to Victims of Domestic Violence
- 2003 Brick Chamber of Commerce, Distinguished Citizen Award
- 2005 Leadership Award - Point Pleasant Boro Chamber of Commerce
- 2005 Advocate of the Year - Ocean County Advisory Committee on the Status of Women
- 2005 Citizenship Award - Ocean County Bar Association, Law Day
- 2005 Women Helping Women Award - Soroptimist of Toms River
- 2005 Exceptional Women Award, Class of 2005
- 2006 "Woman of Distinction" Ocean County Advisory Commission on the Status of Women and the Ocean County Library
- 2006 FAME Award – New Jersey Shore Builders Association
- 2007 FAME Award – New Jersey Shore Builders Association
- 2007 Grand Marshal of the Ocean County Columbus Day Parade and Italian Festival
- 2007 Women Helping Women – Southern Ocean County Business and Professional Women
- 2008 NJAWBO Monmouth / Ocean Chapter Rose and Scroll Award
- 2008 The Guild of Ocean Medical Center, Award
- 2008 Brick Chamber of Commerce, Non Profit Organization of the Year
- 2009 Module I Training - Council on Affordable Housing (COAH)
- 2010 40 Hour Domestic Violence Training Certification
- 2010 Speaker - Rutgers University Institute for Women's Leadership