Hoarder Task Force Launched in Lincolnwood

hoarder's car“They fill a void with things they hold onto, and as the hoarding goes on they often become lonely, isolated and afraid because they’re pushing people away because of embarrassment. Our intention from the village’s standpoint is to get them to think, ‘OK, they’re coming back to check on me and help me, and maybe I should stop getting 50 boxes of my dad’s favorite kind of cookies just because they remind me of him,’” says Geri Silic, the village’s part-time social worker.

It has always been a challenge for certain authorities and other concerned individuals to make a hoarder understand his/her condition and that they are only meaning to offer help. The Lincolnwood community initiated a “Hoarder Task Force”, which aims to help people who suffer from hoarding disorder get over their condition. In order to help these individuals, social workers, the police and other community members are educated on the proper and humane way of approaching and handling individuals with the said disability.

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