Jewish Social Service Agency
Serving Maryland, DC and Northern Virginia


Hoarding Support

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Are you concerned about the safety and well-being of a family member who collects excessively? Do you feel the stress of a declining relationship due to hoarding. You’re not alone.

What Is Hoarding?

Hoarding is a mental illness exhibited through excessive acquiring and failure to discard large numbers of possessions that may appear useless or of limited value to an onlooker.

What Are the Impacts of Hoarding?

Relationships between those that hoard and those who care for them can be complicated and emotionally draining. Families may think the reason behind the hoarding is laziness, a desire to be difficult or just simply that the hoarder doesn’t care. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Family and friends of those who hoard are JSSA’s focus.

JSSA’s Hoarding Support Group

Please note: JSSA’s Hoarding Support Group is on a temporary hiatus as we seek a qualified facilitator to take over facilitation of the group. Please check back here for a status update.

JSSA offers the first hoarding support group in the metro DC area specifically for family members and close friends of people that hoard. JSSA offers telephone support, periodic email support and a monthly support group.

Hoarding Support Resources

JSSA recommends these books for family members and close friends of people that hoard.

View Books

Community Donation Resources

A helpful resource list compiled with the support of members of JSSA’s Family Member Hoarding Support Group.

Resource List

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