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 London community geared at helping people overcome obstacles.
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 London 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.
Family & individuals
Therapists in London
Grief Therapists in London
Ronald McDonald House
(providing a home away for home for families of sick children)
London Food Bank
Women’s Community House
(shelter for abused women and children)
YMCA of Western Ontario
Learning Disabilities Association of London Region
Children’s Aid Society – London & Middlesex
Alzheimer’s Society of London and Middlesex
Canadian Cancer Society
(Elgin-Middlesex community office)
Services for seniors
Home and Community Care
(health care services at home)
St. Joseph’s Hospice
Canadian Mental Health Association – Middlesex
Professional & Financial
London Employment Help Centre
Immigrant, Newcomer & Refugee Services
Credit Counselling Society
Helping others overcome obstacles
Want to help others in your community overcome obstacles? Here are some local opportunities to consider:
Local volunteer opportunities
Habitat for Humanity
Blood donor clinics
(search for “London” for clinics near you)
Big Brothers Big Sisters of London