Local resources. Inspiring stories. Good advice.
Whether it’s physical, financial, professional or pyschological, obstacles come in all shapes and sizes. And no matter who you are, everybody goes through tough times in their lives.
Lifestyle Citizens’ founder Josh Martin was 28 years old when he experienced his biggest obstacle yet: an aggressive form of leukemia. He survived, and although it was a gruelling ordeal, having cancer taught him a lot about resilience and overcoming whatever obstacles life throws at us.
Inspired by his journey, the Overcoming Obstacles Handbook is a free collection of real-life stories, practical advice and local resources in the Hamilton community geared at helping people overcome obstacles.
Looking for a print version of the Overcoming Obstacles Handbook? Purchase your copy here ($20)
One of the most important lessons Josh learned from his health crisis was the importance of community. Whether it was accessing peer support programs, using the Cancer Society’s shuttle service to get to appointments or tapping into educational materials from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, community resources played a big role in his success.
Whatever obstacle you face in life — personally, professionally or otherwise — be sure to consider the resources available in your community. Fortunately, the Hamilton area boasts all kinds of organizations and programs focused on helping folks overcome a variety of obstacles.
Below, you’ll find information about some of them. This listing is by no means exhaustive, but it will hopefully give you a flavour of the kinds of resources available in your own backyard.
Canadian Mental Health Association – Hamilton
Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST)
(Hamilton 24-hour crisis line)
Therapists, counsellors & psychologists in Hamilton
Grief counselling in Hamilton
Depression counselling in Hamilton
Anxiety counselling in Hamilton
Quite a Stretch Yoga & Zumba (trauma sensitive yoga)
(offers classes for people with PTSD, people dealing with cronic illness, caregivers facing compassion fatigue, children and adults with ADD/ADHD, and more)
Alzheimer Society of Brant, Haldimand Norfolk, Hamilton Halton
Canadian Cancer Society – Hamilton Brant-Norfolk Community Office
Accessible transportation services
Family & individuals
SACHA Sexual Assault Centre
Sexual assault 24-hour support line: 905-525-4162
Hamilton Interval House
(women’s shelter & services)
24-hour support line: 905-387-8881
Native Women’s Centre
(emergency shelter for women)
Good Shepherd Centre
(emergency food and clothing; emergency shelters; homelessness programs; and more)
St. Matthew’s House
(emergency food, housing support, senior services, mental health outreach and more)
The King’s Way Outreach Centre
(emergency food and clothing)
Hamilton Food Share
(food recovery program for people in need)
Learning Disabilities Association of Halton
Thrive Child and Youth Trauma Services
Employment & financial
Credit Counselling Society
Catholic Family Services of Hamilton
(free employment counselling services)
Services for New Canadians
Immigrants Working Centre
Settlement Services – Hamilton
(directory of local programs and services)
Helping others overcome obstacles
Want to help others in your community overcome obstacles? Here are some local opportunities to consider:
Neighbour to Neighbour Centre
Volunteer opportunities – City of Hamilton
Habitat for Humanity Hamilton
Blood donor clinics
(for nearby clinics, search “Hamilton”)
Big Brothers Big Sisters