MEET CLARICE & ANDREW
When it was time for Clarice and Andrew to bring their newborn daughter home from the hospital, their nursery room was uninhabitable. Bags filled with cartons, cans, and bottles were piled to the ceiling. Like their anxieties about being new parents, the couple ignored their clutter behind a locked door. As a result, the Public Health department would not allow their baby to be released from the hospital. They gave the couple the number for Catholic Charities’ Hoarding Intervention and Treatment Program, and Clarice made the call immediately. Working alongside the couple, our team helped to declutter and clean. They helped Clarice and Andrew develop new home cleaning habits, and introduced coping skills to reduce anxiety. After a couple of weeks, their home was declared safe to bring their baby home. “The most helpful part of Catholic Charities’ service was the kindness we were shown,” said Clarice.