Leaders across New Jersey were mourning the passing of Carol Wolfe, the longtime CEO of Homes Now and wife of Assemblyman David Wolfe (R-Ocean).
Wolfe, 80, who led Homes Now for decades and created numerous affordable housing opportunities as well as Dottie’s House, a haven for battered women and children, died Aug. 23.
“I would like to personally thank all of you who responded to the notice of the passing of my beloved wife Carol was such a great loss and I do appreciate the support and love that you’ve shown to me and my family,” said Wolfe in a social media post.
Wolfe lived in Brick for 52 years and was an active member of a multitude of local organizations, including the Brick Township Chamber of Commerce.
“The world lost a giant this week,” said Brian Mirsky, one of the leaders of the chamber. “She was an incredibly strong and determined business leader.”
Mirsky remembered Wolfe for her love of a good debate, as well as her commitment to her town, often taking calls late into the night to help her fellow residents.
Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Union), joined the chorus of those remembering Wolfe’s good works over the decades.
“Carol was the inspiration behind Dottie’s House and a true visionary,” said Bramnick. “To understand her incredible passion and support for others, look at the Dottie’s House website. My thoughts are with my friend and Assemblyman Dave Wolfe and his family.”
Wolfe founded Dottie’s House in 1999, a housing program to help women and children who have survived domestic violence. She was also the founder and CEO of Homes Now, Inc., established in 1997 as a non-profit organization that has built and monitors more that 200 quality affordable housing units. Since its inception, Wolfe worked to help those in need by establishing Homes Now Chambers Bridge Residence; Homes Now Tudor Village; Homes Now Beachview Residence; and Homes Now Sycamore Ridge, retiring in 2017. Through all of her programs she raised over $30 million in funding through grants.
She was married to her husband for 35 years.
A viewing will be held on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at O’Brien Funeral Home, 505 Burnt Tavern Rd., Brick. A Funeral Mass will be offered on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 11 a.m. at St. Martha’s R.C. Church, Point Pleasant. Cremation is private. To send condolences, please go to www.obrienfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Dottie’s House, P.O. Box 4002, Brick, NJ 08723.