The Overcoming Obstacles Handbook – Guelph, Ontario edition

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 our way.

Inspired by his journey, the Overcoming Obstacles Handbook is a free collection of real-life stories, practical advice and local resources in the Guelph community geared at helping people overcome obstacles.

Download your free copy of the Overcoming Obstacles Handbook [PDF 2.0 MB]

Community Resources

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 Guelph 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.

Health

Alzheimer’s Society Waterloo Wellington
http://alzheimer.ca/en/ww

Canadian Cancer Society
http://www.cancer.ca/en/?region=on

Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington
http://cmhaww.ca/

Caregiver’s Support Groups (Hospice Wellington)
https://www.caredove.com/hospicewellington/service/detail/sid/1613

Guelph Food Bank
http://guelphfoodbank.ca/

Guelph Wellington Breast Cancer Support Group
guelphwellingtonbcsg@gmail.com
www.cbcn.ca

HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre
https://www.hopespring.ca

Prostate Cancer Canada Network Waterloo-Wellington
http://pccn-waterloo-wellington.ca/

Waterloo-Wellington Healthline
(health services directory)
http://www.wwhealthline.ca/

Family & individuals

The Drop In Centre
(affordable food, shelter, addiction & health services)
https://dropincentreguelph.com/

Family Counselling & Support Services
https://familyserviceguelph.on.ca/

Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis
(services for women and their children facing abuse & sexual violence)
https://gwwomenincrisis.org/
Crisis line: 519-836-5710 or 1-800-265-7233

Homewood Health
(mental health and addition treatment & support)
https://homewoodhealth.com/individuals

Lutherwood
(child and parent place)
https://www.lutherwood.ca
519-822-4141, ext 1533

Therapists in Guelph
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/on/guelph

Wellington County Social Services
https://www.wellington.ca/en/social-services/social-services.aspx

Wyndham House
(youth housing, shelter & skills development)
http://www.wyndhamhouse.org/

Professional

Lutherwood
(employment services)
https://www.lutherwood.ca
Guelph: 519-822-4141

Second Chance
(employment counseling)
https://www.2ndchance.ca/

Wellington County Employment Resource Centre
https://www.wellington.ca/en/social-services/ERC.aspx

Helping others overcome obstacles

Want to help others in your community overcome obstacles? Here are some local opportunities to consider:

Blood donor clinic
130 Silvercreek Pkwy N, Guelph
https://blood.ca

Habitat for Humanity Wellington Dufferin Guelph
https://habitatwdg.ca/

Guelph Big Brothers Big Sisters
https://guelph.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/

The People & Information Network (PIN)
(local volunteer opportunities in Guelph-Wellington)
http://pinnetwork.ca/