About Us

Our Vision, Mission, and Values

Our Vision: We envision a stigma-free world in which everyone affected by hoarding has ready access to compassionate, informed, and affordable resources.

Our Mission: The mission of The Hoarding Project is to promote an effective, ethical, and sustainable response to hoarding in communities through education, research, advocacy, and collaborative approaches to treatment.

We recognize hoarding as a complex mental health and public safety issue that has significant physical, psychological, and social impacts on individuals, families, and communities. We are committed to implementing compassionate, informed, and affordable responses at each of these levels.

Our Values:
At The Hoarding Project, we value:

  • Compassion: We care about the people with whom we work, the communities that we serve, and the world in which we live.
  • Empowerment: We believe all people will have the capacity and desire to thrive and achieve their highest potential when nurtured, encouraged, respected, and supported.
  • Teamwork: We value collaborative relationships that engage and promote critical thinking, innovative solutions, and shared responsibility, so that we may more fully and effectively accomplish our goals.

Our History
The Minnesota Hoarding Project (MHP) was established in late 2009, by Jennifer Sampson, a marriage and family therapist and at-the-time doctoral student in the Family Social Science Department at the University of Minnesota, in an effort to study hoarding disorder and its influences on the family. In 2010, Jennifer joined forces with Janet Yeats, a marriage and family therapist and classmate who specialized in grief and loss, to develop what the organization that is now known as The Hoarding Project.

The Hoarding Project (THP) was officially established on November 19, 2010 by Sampson and Yeats. Their vision for THP was to educate, provide clinical interventions, and conduct research with people who hoard, family members, mental health professionals, and the media. The first research project conducted jointly by Janet and Jennifer was a 6-week psychoeducational support group offered to family members of people who hoard. Clinical interventions were offered by way of individual and family therapy as well as support groups for family members of people who hoard in Minnesota and Washington. Eventually, THP added support groups for people who hoard in both states, as well as reduced-fee therapy services.

Education is also a main focus of THP’s mission, and the project has presented at conferences, offered trainings, and spoke at a variety of agencies and organizations in an effort to educate not only mental health professionals but other professionals whose work is impacted by hoarding disorder (e.g., professional organizers, code enforcement officials, fire departments, etc.). This work has also extended to the development of community task forces, both in Minnesota and King and Pierce Counties in Washington.