The Windsor-Essex Overcoming Obstacles Handbook

Local resources. Inspiring stories. Practical advice.

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My name is Riham Al-Saadi (Attia), I am a Social Worker passionately growing with every client I work with. I work closely with immigrant clients, enhancing their coping with emotional needs, and building social support. I also offer one-on-one support to individuals or families to address mental health and emotional wellbeing, with particular focus on stress, anxiety and depression.

Collison Chiropractic offers multi-disciplinary health professionals dedicated to providing treatments in a friendly and enthusiastic manner. We treat all ages for a wide array of neuro-musculoskeletal issues. Whether your injury is sport, work, or accident related, we look forward to helping you achieve your goals.

Offering mental health counselling for anxiety, depression, trauma and more, as well as Reiki sessions, personal training and public speaking

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We at Neuro Wellness offer holistic services to individuals who seek natural healing, physical wellness and spiritual transcendence. Our services (available in English and Chinese) include psychotherapy, neurofeedback, acupuncture, and mindfulness meditation rendered by licensed professionals. For more information please visit – we hope to see you soon!

The tools are available in today’s world to have the relationship of your dreams. Local author, John Sullivan, outlines a three step process to do just that in his book Dream Relationship. John has been doing marriage therapy/coaching in Windsor, Ontario for the past 30 years.

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 Windsor-Essex, Ontario 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 Windsor-Essex, Ontario

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 Windsor-Essex 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.

Mental health

The Community Crisis Centre
24-hour crisis line
(519) 973-4435

Canadian Mental Health Association – Windsor-Essex County

Local therapists

Local anxiety therapists

Local depression therapists

Local grief counselling

Physical health

Alzheimer Society – Windsor-Essex

Canadian Cancer Society
Windsor-Essex Community Office

Seniors Resources

Life After Fifty
(rec centre for older adults)

Find a Physiotherapist
(search “Windsor”)

Windsor Addiction and Outpatient Services

Families and individuals

Community Support Centre

Family Services Windsor-Essex
Counselling & Advocacy Centre

Sexual Assault Crisis Centre

Distress Centre
(Downtown Mission of Windsor)

Windsor-Essex Food Bank

Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission

Downtown Mission Food Bank

Immaculate Heart Food Bank

Community Food Pantry


Women’s shelters

The Welcome Centre Shelter for Women

Hiatus House

Our Lady of Guadalupe Home

Employment and financial

Employment & Training Services
(City of Windsor)

Women’s Enterprise Skills Training (WEST) of Windsor

WeNav Career Counselling Program

Financial Fitness Centre
(credit counselling services)


Settlement Services – Windsor-Essex Immigration

New Canadians’ Centre of Excellence

Windsor Women Working With Immigrant Women

The Multicultural Council of Windsor & Essex County

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

(volunteer opportunities in Windsor-Essex)

Blood donor clinics
(search “Windsor” for nearby clinics)

Habitat for Humanity Windsor Essex

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Windsor Essex