Hoarding Disorder - Resources


This component of our website is a collaboration between the Rodriguez Lab at Stanford University and Linda Merrifield, RN, MPH, who created, under Peninsula Community Services, Inc, the popular website Hoarders.org. and managed it as a volunteer.  Hoarders.org is merging with the Rodriguez Lab at Stanford University in order to provide high quality and up-to-date data and information to the individuals that suffer from Hoarding Disorder and their families.

Our goal is to provide a selection of educational resources designed to educate and assist the public, families, professionals, and individuals suffering from problems related to Hoarding Disorder. Our objective is to improve health, reduce safety, hazards, and provide relief for those individuals impacted by this disorder.


Rodriguez Lab and Linda Merrifield, RN, MPH 

Highlights and Upcoming Events

International OCD Foundation's 24th Annual OCD Conference

  • Friday-Sunday, July 7-9th
  • Since 1993, the International OCD Foundation’s Annual OCD Conference has been the only national event focused solely on obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders. This extraordinary event brings together mental health professionals, individuals with OCD and their loved ones, with the goal of updating all attendees about the latest treatments, research and practice in OCD and related disorders.
  • The Conference features more than 100 presentations, workshops, and evening activities, as well as nearly two-dozen support groups. Our presenters include some of the most experienced and knowledgeable clinicians and researchers in the field, as well as individuals with OCD and family members who graciously share their stories.

Upcoming Recycling events

City of Palo Alto
2017 Document Shredding Events

2017 Shredding Events:

  • Saturday July 22, 8am - 12pm
  • Saturday November 4, 8am - 12pm

  •  Note: Shredding events are for residential customers only; proof of residency will be required.

How residents can participate in the shredding events:

  • Gather and box up materials such as personal and financial documents that you want to shred.
  • Bring up to 5 banker-sized boxes to each shredding event.
  • Remove documents from binders and binder clips (these can damage the shredding equipment); however, paperclips, staples, spiral notebooks and rubber bands are acceptable.
  • Recycle all non-confidential documents and paper curbside in your blue recycling cart.

What to expect when you arrive at the event:

  • Volunteers will direct traffic and assist with off-loading boxes.
  • All collected materials will be shredded on site by Cintas. (You may stay to watch your materials be shredded.)
  • Shredded materials will be recycled into useful paper products.