The Overcoming Obstacles Handbook – Niagara Region, ON edition

Local resources. Inspiring stories. Practical advice.

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 Niagara community geared at helping people who are facing adversity.


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Community resources in the Niagara Region

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, Niagara Region 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.

Mental health

Distress Centre Niagara
24-hour crisis line: 905-688-3711

Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST)
24-hour crisis line: 1-866-550-5205

Canadian Mental Health Association – Niagara

Local therapists and counsellors

Local anxiety therapists

Local depression therapists

Local grief counsellors

Niagara Health – mental health and addictions programs

Mental health programs and resources
(Niagara Region Public Health)

Physical health

Find a local physiotherapist

Find a local registered massage therapist

Find a local chiropractor

Niagara Health

Quest Community Health Centre

Alzheimer Society – Niagara Region

Wellspring Niagara
(cancer support centre)

Sexual health resources
(Niagara Region Public Health)

Senior services – Niagara Region

Community programs for seniors

Meals on Wheels Niagara

Families and individuals

Family & Children’s Services Niagara

Strive Niagara
(childcare and other assistance for young families pursuing an education)

Pregnancy information and services
(Niagara Region Public Health)

Parenting support and programs
(Niagara Region Public Health)

The FORT – youth drop-in centre

YMCA of Niagara

Boys & Girls Club of Niagara

Local divorce therapists

Local relationship therapists

Emergency support and shelters

Emergency homeless shelters

Shelters and housing support programs

Niagara Sexual Assault Centre
24-hour crisis and information line: 905-682-4584

The Hope Centre
(food bank, soup kitchen, housing services and more in Welland)

Project Share
(food bank, housing, clothing, transportation and other services in Niagara Falls)

(emergency shelter, resource centre and other programs for youth)

Port Cares
(housing and crisis support, food bank and more in Port Colborne)

Open Arms Mission
(food bank, drop-in centre and more in Welland)

Nightlight Youth Shelter

Employment and financial

Niagara Employment Help Centre

Job Gym
(employment services)

YMCA of Niagara
(employment services)

(Francophone employment counselling and services)

Local career guidance counsellors

Credit Counselling Niagara


Newcomer Information Centre

Niagara Immigration Portal

Niagara-on-the-Lake Newcomers Club

Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre
(services for Canadian newcomers)

Niagara College services for newcomers

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

Niagara’s Volunteer Centre
(local volunteer opportunities)

Blood donor clinics
(search “Niagara Falls” for nearby clinics)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Niagara Falls

Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Catharines-Thorold and District

Habitat for Humanity Niagara