The Overcoming Obstacles Handbook: Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo, 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 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 Cambridge & KW community geared at helping people overcome obstacles.

Download your free copy of the Overcoming Obstacles Handbook [PDF 3.0 MB]

Community Resources

One of the most biggest 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 huge role in his success.

Whatever obstacle you face in life — personally, professionally or otherwise — be sure to consider the resources available in your community. Thankfully, the Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo 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 hopefully it will give you a flavour of the kinds of resources available in your own backyard.

Physical health

Alzheimer’s Society Waterloo Wellington

Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank

Canadian Cancer Society – Waterloo-Wellington

CCAC of Wellington-Dufferin
(home and community care)

The Food Bank Of Waterloo Region

HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre

Hospice Of Waterloo Region

Nutrition For Learning
(student nutrition programs)

Professional development

John Howard Society Of Waterloo Wellington
(crime prevention, employment services)

The Literacy Group
(development in reading, writing, math, computer and workforce skills)

(mental health, employment and housing services)

The Working Centre
(unemployment and poverty programs)

Family & individual

Community Justice Initiatives
(conflict resolution, sexual trauma support, assistance for women and youth returning to the community from prison)

Extend-a-Family Waterloo Region
(support and services for families and individuals with developmental and/or physical disabilities)

Family & Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region

Family Counselling Centre of Cambridge & North Dumfries

Heartwood Place
(safe, affordable housing)

House of Friendship of Kitchener
(addiction, community and family services)

Kitchener-Waterloo Counselling Services

KW Habilitation
(programs for children and adults with developmental disabilities)

KW Multicultural Centre
(services and support for New Canadians, immigrants and refugees)

Learning Disabilities Association Of Ontario, Kitchener-Waterloo

Marillac Place
(safe home and support for young women who are pregnant, parenting or attempting to regain care of their child)

Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region
519-741-8633 (24-hour support line)

Women’s Crisis Services Of Waterloo Region

YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo

YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo

Helping others overcome obstacles

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

Volunteer Action Centre KW
(volunteer opportunities)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kitchener-Waterloo And Area

Canadian Blood Services Clinic
94 Bridgeport Rd E, Waterloo
(blood and platelet donations)

Habitat for Humanity Canada
(building homes in the community for people in need)