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 year 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 Winnipeg 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 Winnipeg 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 – Manitoba & Winnipeg
Manitoba Suicide Prevention & Support Line (24/7)
Klinic Crisis Line (24/7)
Sexual Assault Crisis Line (24/7)
Alzheimer’s Society of Manitoba
Canadian Cancer Society – Winnipeg
Support services for seniors
Palliative care in Winnipeg
Drug & alcohol rehab centres
Family & individuals
Winnipeg counsellors, therapists & psychologists
Winnipeg grief therapists
Riverwood Church Community
Canadian Foodgrains Bank
Women’s shelters & support
North End Women’s Centre
Native Women’s Transition Centre
Fort Garry’s Women’s Resource Centre
The Laurel Centre
Employment & financial
Credit Counselling Society
Career counselling and coaching
Osborne Village Resource Centre
Services for New Canadians
Immigrant Centre Manitoba
Helping others overcome obstacles
Want to help others in your community overcome obstacles? Here are some local opportunities to consider:
Human Rights Hub – volunteer opportunities
City of Winnipeg – volunteer opportunities
Blood donor clinics
(for nearby clinics, search “Winnipeg”)
Habitat for Humanity Manitoba
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winnipeg