The Rolfes family is asking for our help. They need to move into a three or four bedroom home in the Loveland, Ohio school district by June 10, but they cannot afford the down payment on a house. As their friends and family in Christ, we would like to help them raise $45K, which would be a 35% down payment on a modest home in that area.
Phillip and Tina Rolfes, along with their children Chiara, Andrew and Jenna, typically sit in the back of our parish church because of Chiara. Chiara is severely mentally and physically handicapped, due to a rare chromosomal disorder called 5p- or Cri du Chat . Becuase of this she is restricted to a wheelchair when out in public. She can often be heard laughing and “singing” during Mass.
About a month ago they were notified by their apartment complex that they were not going to be permitted to renew their lease, and that they needed to vacate their home by March 10. After petitioning management, they were granted an extension until June 10 so that they could get Chiara through the school year.
This notification came shortly after a noise complaint filed by the neighbor that lives below them. As part of her condition, Chiara is always seeking sensory feedback, and so frequently bangs her hands and feet on the floor and walls. She has troubles sleeping through the night, and will often wake up for several hours in the middle of the night to play in her room. Because of her difficulties with walking, she tends to stomp quite loudly as well. Their neighbors have not taken kindly to this, hence the noise complaint.
Moving into another apartment at this point would simply not be practical for them, since they’d likely face a similar situation because of Chiara’s disabilities. They need a house. It’s that simple. After many conversations with friends, family, therapists, and special-needs advocates in both Kentucky and Ohio, they have decided that it would be in Chiara’s best interest for them to move to Loveland, Ohio.
We would like to help them raise $45K by April 10 so that they will have enough time to close on a new home before they have to be out of their current home on June 10.
Can you help?
Anything that you are able to give would be greatly appreciated by Phillip and Christina. They love their children immensely - as anyone who has met them will tell you - and they simply want what is best for them, especially for Chiara. Although they've been looking to move for some time now because of a mold issue in their apartment, this new turn of events has accelerated their plans beyond what their savings can handle.
Please consider giving $10, $25, $50, or anything you can manage. All donations will go directly towards a down payment on a modest home in a school district known for taking great care of special-needs children.
To everyone who has so generously supported the Rolfes family, THANK YOU! The response has been completely overwhelming.
I am happy to inform you that the Rolfeses have found a house in Loveland, OH. It is a modest three-bedroom home that has been recently remodeled. They are currently in the process of securing a home-loan.
We still need your help hitting the downpayment goal. We are going to leave this campaign active until they are able to close on their new home. At that point we will have GoFundMe transfer all donations to Christina's father, who will then write them a check for the full amount given. This makes everything easier for the home loan company to trace.
Thank you so much again for your generous support of this little family from our parish. Please be assured that they are praying for all of you and send you their love.
Fr. George Hajj
- Victoria Childress