Old Colony Elder Services (OCES), the non-profit agency proudly serving older adults and individuals with disabilities throughout greater Plymouth County, is offering a Buried in Treasures Virtual Workshop – a facilitated self-help series for individuals with hoarding tendencies. For anyone struggling with clutter, compulsive acquiring, saving, and hoarding, OCES’ Buried in Treasures confidential workshop begins Tuesday, August 10, 2021. Classes meet once a week for 16 weeks. This specific workshop is for individuals working on their own recovery; it is not for friends, family or service providers. However, others are welcome to contact OCES for information and resources.
“Buried in Treasures” is an educational, judgment-free, self-help program facilitated by OCES that will meet virtually from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The registration cost is $250 per workshop and is non-refundable.
Limited scholarships are available for the Buried in Treasures Virtual Workshop based on financial need. Scholarships are supported by funds raised from OCES’ Hoarding 101 Workshop for service providers held earlier this year and attended by 156 professionals.“A hoarding disorder not only disrupts an individual’s daily life, it can also significantly affect their relationships with loved ones. This self-help workshop will help attendees better understand it and learn practical coping skills,” explained Terri Kourtz, OCES’ Protective Services Director and Chair of The Greater Brockton Area Hoarding Task Force(GBAH). Buried in Treasures Virtual Workshop is available to individuals of all ages and there are no geographic restrictions. Past participants of Buried in Treasures workshops have shared that they found the workshop very helpful, they felt supported, and would recommend the workshop.
What is Hoarding?
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 the risk of losing their homes. Buried in Treasures Virtual Workshop is sponsored by OCES and GBAH. For more information or for an application to the Buried in Treasures Virtual Workshop, contact Deana Andrade at OCES, 508-584-1561 extension 232 or email email@example.com.
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 25 Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. OCES’ mission is to support the independence and dignity of older adults and individuals with disabilities by providing essential information and services that promote healthy and safe living. The agency offers a number of programs to serve older adults, individuals with disabilities, their families and caregivers. For more information call 508-584-1561 or visit www.ocesma.org.