The Guelph Overcoming Obstacles Handbook

Local resources. Inspiring stories. Practical advice.

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Whether it’s physical, financial, professional or psychological, everybody goes through tough times in their lives. Josh Martin was 28 years old when he experienced his biggest challenge yet: an aggressive form of leukemia. Inspired by his journey, the Overcoming Obstacles Handbook is a free collection of real-life stories, practical advice and local resources in the Guelph area geared at helping people who are facing adversity.

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Video features

Blood donors: helping others

Ten years ago, cancer almost killed me. Blood donors saved my life. And for that, I just wanted to say thanks.

Practicing gratitude

Gratitude. What’s so special about it, and how can we cultivate more of it in our lives to help us through tough times?

Life is awesome. Life is awful.

Sometimes life is an ice cream sundae smothered in chocolate. Other times it’s a flurry of kung-fu kicks to the gut.

Letting go

When my sister Meghan got stuck in the mud, she learned a valuable lesson about the importance of letting go.

Community resources in the Guelph area

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.

Physical 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/

Families and 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/

Employment and financial

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

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

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/