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
http://distresscentreniagara.com/

Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST)
24-hour crisis line: 1-866-550-5205
https://www.niagarapolice.ca/en/whatwedo/coast.asp

Canadian Mental Health Association – Niagara
https://cmhaniagara.ca/

Local therapists and counsellors
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/on/niagara-falls

Local anxiety therapists
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/anxiety/on/niagara-falls

Local depression therapists
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/depression/on/niagara-falls

Local grief counsellors
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/grief/on/niagara-falls

Niagara Health – mental health and addictions programs
https://www.niagarahealth.on.ca/site/mental-health-addictions

Mental health programs and resources
(Niagara Region Public Health)
https://www.niagararegion.ca/living/health_wellness/mentalhealth/default.aspx

Physical health

Find a local physiotherapist
https://opa.on.ca/physiotherapists/

Find a local registered massage therapist
https://registrants.cmto.com/webclient/registrantdirectory.aspx

Find a local chiropractor
https://onlineservice.cco.on.ca/webs/cco/register/?t=1

Niagara Health
https://www.niagarahealth.on.ca/site/home

Quest Community Health Centre
http://questchc.ca/

Alzheimer Society – Niagara Region
https://alzheimer.ca/en/niagara

Wellspring Niagara
(cancer support centre)
https://wellspring.ca/niagara/

Sexual health resources
(Niagara Region Public Health)
https://www.niagararegion.ca/living/health_wellness/sexualhealth/

Senior services – Niagara Region
https://www.niagararegion.ca/living/seniors/default.aspx

Community programs for seniors
https://www.niagararegion.ca/living/seniors/programs/default.aspx

Meals on Wheels Niagara
http://www.mealsonwheelsniagara.ca/

Families and individuals

Family & Children’s Services Niagara
https://www.facsniagara.on.ca/en/

Strive Niagara
(childcare and other assistance for young families pursuing an education)
http://www.striveniagara.ca/

Pregnancy information and services
(Niagara Region Public Health)
https://www.niagararegion.ca/living/health_wellness/pregnancy/default.aspx

Parenting support and programs
(Niagara Region Public Health)
https://www.niagararegion.ca/health/parenting/default.aspx

The FORT – youth drop-in centre
https://www.thefortyouthcentre.com/

YMCA of Niagara
https://ymcaofniagara.org/

Boys & Girls Club of Niagara
https://www.boysandgirlsclubniagara.org/

Local divorce therapists
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/divorce/on/niagara-falls

Local relationship therapists
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/relationship-issues/on/niagara-falls

Emergency support and shelters

Emergency homeless shelters
https://www.ywcaniagararegion.ca/our-work/emergency-homeless-shelters/

Shelters and housing support programs
https://www.niagararegion.ca/social-services/hostels-homelessness-prevention.aspx

Niagara Sexual Assault Centre
24-hour crisis and information line: 905-682-4584
http://niagarasexualassaultcentre.com/

The Hope Centre
(food bank, soup kitchen, housing services and more in Welland)
https://www.thehopecentre.net/

Project Share
(food bank, housing, clothing, transportation and other services in Niagara Falls)
http://projectshare.ca/

The RAFT
(emergency shelter, resource centre and other programs for youth)
http://307.cmsintelligence.com/site/home

Port Cares
(housing and crisis support, food bank and more in Port Colborne)
http://www.portcares.on.ca/

Open Arms Mission
(food bank, drop-in centre and more in Welland)
https://openarmsmissionwelland.com/

Nightlight Youth Shelter
https://www.boysandgirlsclubniagara.org/programs/youth-housing/

Employment and financial

Niagara Employment Help Centre
https://ehc.on.ca/

Job Gym
(employment services)
http://www.jobgym.com/home/

YMCA of Niagara
(employment services)
https://ymcaofniagara.org/programs/employment-services/

CERF-Niagara
(Francophone employment counselling and services)
http://www.cerfniagara.com/en/

Local career guidance counsellors
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/career-guidance/on/niagara-falls

Credit Counselling Niagara
http://www.ccrn.ca/

Newcomers

Newcomer Information Centre
https://ymcaofniagara.org/programs/immigrant-services/newcomer-information-centre-nic/

Niagara Immigration Portal
https://welcomeniagaracanada.com/moving-to-niagara/immigration/

Niagara-on-the-Lake Newcomers Club
https://www.notlnewcomers.com/

Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre
(services for Canadian newcomers)
http://www.folk-arts.ca/

Niagara College services for newcomers
https://www.niagaracollege.ca/new-canadians/

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

Niagara’s Volunteer Centre
(local volunteer opportunities)
https://www.incommunities.ca/en/volunteer-opportunities/

Blood donor clinics
(search “Niagara Falls” for nearby clinics)
https://blood.ca

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Niagara Falls
https://niagarafalls.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/

Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Catharines-Thorold and District
https://bbbsmentors.ca/

Habitat for Humanity Niagara
https://www.habitatniagara.ca/