Program Hopes To Provide Help For Hoarders

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A new program hopes to provide help for hoarders – people like the Wichita woman last month whose home was packed with animals.

Investigators found dozens of dead cats inside and dogs feeding off their bodies. Tonight, there’s hope for people like her.

It can be very oppressive, suffocating, closing in on you. She always loved to collect things, even as a child. But this Wichita woman, who wants to remain anonymous, soon began hoarding.

It was at a point there where paths through all the treasures and the treasures were in disarray. Day to day living became very difficult; everyday activities were affected.

It’s a problem that affects hundreds, even thousands of people all over the country. Hoarders - people who collect things, and they can’t get rid of them. Rooms become filled to the ceilings all over the home, even spilling out onto the yard and driveway.

Because of a need, Wichita and Sedgwick County formed a hoarding task force several years ago. The team is made up of community members from different agencies to help hoarders overcome their addiction.

And while her home is still filled with stuff, this woman did seek help from the task force, and she can now at least use her living room – a step she didn’t know she’d ever have to take.

For more information, call (316) 660-6791 or click the link provided below.


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