For anyone struggling with clutter, compulsive acquiring, saving and hoarding – a series of facilitated support groups will begin in February and March.
Old Colony Elder Services (OCES), the non-profit agency proudly serving older adults and individuals with disabilities throughout greater Plymouth County and surrounding communities, along with the Greater Brockton Area Hoarding Task Force (GBAH) is offering “Buried in Treasures” facilitated support groups for individuals with hoarding issues.
Hoarding is when individuals continue to accumulate items, such as clothing, newspapers and food, and then have persistent difficulty discarding possessions. Individuals with hoarding behaviors often face health issues related to falls, as well as run the risk of losing their homes.
“Buried in Treasures” confidential support groups are free of charge and meet once a week for 15 weeks at the following locations:
In Brockton at South Bay Community Services, 103 Commercial Street, beginning February 12, 2019, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For more information or to register for the Brockton support group, contact Kelly Mules at 508-580-4691 ext. 1812. This session is facilitated South Bay Community Services in partnership with OCES, and sponsored by GBAH, Mass Housing and OCES.
In Carver at the Council on Aging, 48 Lakeview Street, South Carver, beginning March 5, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information or to register for the Carver support group, contact Deana Andrade at OCES, 508-584-1561 ext. 232. This session is sponsored by South Shore Community Partners in Prevention and OCES.
“Buried in Treasures” is available to people of all ages throughout greater Plymouth county and surrounding communities. All attendees will receive a complimentary workbook. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
“Buried in Treasures is an educational, judgment-free, self-help group for people with hoarding issues,” explained Teresa Kourtz, OCES’ Protective Services Director.
OCES was awarded two generous grants for the “Buried in Treasures” programs: The Mass Housing Lee A. Mannillo Grant for $4,000 and South Shore Community Partners in Prevention Mini Grant of $3,500.
“We’re delighted that the Lee A. Mannillo grant was renewed for the Buried in Treasures program. We’re also very pleased that in addition, OCES has received the South Shore Community Partners in Prevention grant, as it enabled us to expand the program,” noted Kourtz.
Founded in 1974, OCES proudly serves greater Plymouth County and surrounding communities. OCES is a private, non-profit organization headquartered in Brockton with a second office in Plymouth. OCES is designated as one of 26 Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. OCES’ mission is to support the independence and dignity of elders and people with disabilities by providing essential information and services that promote healthy and safe living. The agency offers a number of programs to serve seniors, individuals with disabilities, their families and caregivers. For more information call 508-584-1561 or visit www.ocesma.org.