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.