Our mission is to support any person, family, friend or agency in Minnesota affected by hoarding.
Thur. April 5, 6:30 - 8:30 pm.
Dr. Vern Devine, PhD, clinical psychologist, will give a short presentation. A hundred years ago, the New York Times ran stories about the Collyer brothers who hoarded their Harlem brownstone for decades. Hear from Dr. Devine about the Collyer brothers and how Dr Devine now works with people who hoard.
The meeting is held in the Wells Fargo building:
1011 1st St S, Hopkins 55343
Park in the free ramp behind the Wells Fargo building. Enter lobby and take elevator to 2nd floor conference room.
If you wish to join us at 6 pm for a meal, email us by Apr 3. Meals are from a local restaurant. Cost is usually $5-7. Email: "email@example.com"
The Task Force meets on the first Thursday of the month:
+ To conduct business of the group,
+ To network with each other and visitors,
+ To share educational information in short presentations
While there is some general information on our website, you may contact us for additional information for a specific situation. We are developing lists of resources and we can share ideas with you also.
Our volunteers keep your information confidential.
The Minnesota Hoarding Task Force (“MNHTF”) does not provide services directly. MNHTF does provide resources and information regarding the general subject of hoarding. In doing so, MNHTF does not endorse, recommend, warrant or assume any legal liability for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process.
The Minnesota Hoarding Task Force is a 501(c)3 non-profit. Our expenses currently are minimal. We hope to do bigger things as we have the funds. Find out more about the task force by attending a meeting.
TO MAKE A DONATION, scroll down to the "Help Our Cause" section
on this page.
One of the important things that we have learned about hoarding is that a team approach is needed to properly deal with any hoarding situation. No 'one professional' can provide all the services and support that a hoarding individual needs.
The team of professionals might include some combination of:
social worker/case manager
Others may also be involved, such as a landlord, church pastor, junk hauler, handyman, cleaning service, or family/friends.
New numbers on the ground from people who help with hoarding situations now indicate that up to 5% of the population in the United States are hoarding at some level. That means in a community of 10,000 residents, up to 500 people could be hoarding.
Add to that number the people who also live in the same households, family and friends of the person who are hoarding, and their neighbors. That is how many people are affected by hoarding!
Hoarding disorder is a public health and safety issue.
As we build our resource lists, we want to cover the entire state of Minnesota. If your business already works in hoarded homes and you would like to be added to our resource lists, please come to a meeting and introduce yourself.
We would like to learn about what you do, and what your experiences are. It is important to us that you can support our mission statement and vision statement.
Hoarding is a mental health disorder, and those who struggle with it must be treated with respect and care.
On Sept. 23rd, 2017 3,501 people walked and raised over $388,000 for NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness).
The NAMI Minnesota mission statement:
"NAMI Minnesota champions justice, dignity, and respect for all people affected by mental illnesses. Through education, support, and advocacy we strive to eliminate the pervasive stigma of mental illnesses, effect positive changes in the mental health system, and increase the public and professional understanding of mental illnesses."
The Minnesota Hoarding Task Force group walked together and wore their new white shirts with our blue logo.
Janet Yeats (Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist), Gail Trenholm (Brooklyn Park public health), and Diane Gambrel (professional organizer) gave presentations for Brooklyn Park seniors about hoarding on Oct. 25th, 2017.
Janet defined hoarding and talked about current information and research.
Gail described her role in public health and how she interacts with landlords and renters.
Diane gave tips to the audience on how to work with your loved one who is hoarding, and what not to do.
On Feb. 20, 2018, Diane Gambrel, professional organizer, and Emily Cheesebrow, resident support specialist, talked about their roles in helping someone who is hoarding. Diane and Emily are volunteer members of the MN Hoarding Task Force.
Police from Elk River and Big Lake were present, as well as Sherburne County sheriff staff, and local landlord management from the area.
Contributions to this 501(c)(3) non-profit enable us to move forward on our Mission.
Make checks out to "Minnesota Hoarding Task Force" and mail to: 111 - 1st St. SE, Osseo, MN 55369
Or, use BLUE BUTTON to contribute by Paypal or credit card. Check your email for a receipt.
Located in the metro area of Minneapolis & St Paul