Older Adult and Senior Services | Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia

Hoarding Support Program

It’s been a long haul. My possessions – old mail, books, cases of soda, multiple bottles of peroxide, thousands of CD’s, and so, so much else – threatened to drown me. JFCS provided guidance and hands-on assistance over a long period to make that sea recede and order be found. Today that journey continues.” JFCS Client

People with hoarding disorder excessively save items that others may view as no longer useful or needed. They have persistent difficulty parting with possessions, leading to clutter that disrupts their ability to use their living or work spaces as intended, and can lead to health and safety concerns.

Hoarding is not the same as collecting. Collectors look for specific items, such as model cars or stamps, and may organize or display them. People with hoarding disorder save items to prevent waste, fear of losing important information, sentimentality, characteristics or aesthetic of items, or a feeling of safety being surrounded by their items.

The hoarding causes major distress or problems in social, work or other important areas of functions. JFCS is here to help.

We are in challenging and unprecedented times. As we all navigate this new way of living and working together, one thing that remains constant is that JFCs is here for our clients and we are here for each other.


We are watching closely what our City, State and Federal government is saying and doing and translating that into what that means for us as an organization.


We are exploring ways to reach members of our community using the core competencies that we all have to alleviate stress and anxiety. We are communicating with many similar agencies across the country to learn more and better understand policies put forth from our Governor and the Federal government.


Many in the community want to help our clients and want to know what plans we have put in place to reach the most vulnerable.


You can be reassured we remain committed to providing the best care we can offer to all of our clients during these challenging times.


We continue to closely follow the community needs of the community we serve and how we address these ever changing needs.


JFCS is here for you and we will get through this together. Stay safe.