A local charity that assists women and children is in need of volunteers and donations, and has a fun fundraiser planned.

Dottie's House, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, offers transitional housing for survivors of domestic violence, along with counseling, therapy, and more.


To qualify, a woman needs to be at least 18 years old, with a history involving domestic violence, homeless due to that violence, and unable to provide housing or support for herself and her children.

Residents of Dottie's House are placed in fully-furnished 1, 2, or 3-bedroom apartments with 24 hour security and staff on-site for emergencies.

There is an enclosed playroom and art therapy program for the children, as well as domestic violence counseling, support groups, financial management training, and job readiness training for the adults.

This enables women to become financially independent and on their way to a better, happier life.

Dottie's House is seeking volunteers, and anyone interested in helping can call 732-262-2009.

They are also seeking donations, especially: paper towels, toilet paper, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, new pots and pans and utensils, diapers, razors, sheet sets, non-perishable food items, and gift cards to grocery and big-box stores.

Monetary donations are also in need, as Dottie's House funding comes from private donations, grants, and fundraising events.

Dottie's House

The next fundraiser is the 6th annual triathlon/duathlon/Aqua Velo on Sunday, October 13th at 8:30 a.m. at Island Beach State Park in Seaside Park. To register, click HERE.

Last year more than 270 people participated, raising more than $16,000 for Dottie's House.

No one should be trapped by the cycle of violence, and this is a great way to help out women who have taken the steps to break the cycle.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, don't be afraid to get help.