About Start Me Up Niagara

Start Me Up Niagara offers services and programs to individuals who face significant life challenges to provide them with opportunities to stabilize, participate and grow.

Start Me Up Niagara Working Together Moving Forward AGM

Working Together, Moving Forward

At Start Me Up Niagara, we offer services to support people facing significant challenges such as poverty, homelessness, unemployment, disabilities, addictions and mental health issues.

Our goal is to provide opportunities for these individuals to help them increase their level of self-sufficiency and improve their quality of life.

Our services range from community lunches, health care, and arts and gardening programs, to housing supports and employment development. Together, we are working to build a community where all are included.

Start Me Up Niagara is a not-for-profit organization and registered charity. 

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Our Mission

Start Me Up Niagara works with individuals facing significant life challenges such as addiction, mental illness, poverty, homelessness and unemployment. We provide opportunities to improve health, increase community integration and support employment.

Our Values

  • We strive to assist our clients to improve their quality of life and to take personal responsibility for their own well-being.
  • We believe individuals have the right to set their own goals and define success.
  • We believe that active, committed partnerships with people who use services, and other community sectors are integral to success.
  • We believe that healthy communities are inclusive and stronger when all have a place and chance to contribute.
  • We are committed to removing service access barriers for those who have multiple complex needs.

Our Vision

A society where all people are included, healthy, and self-sufficient.

Participant Pathway

Start Me Up Niagara operates on the following pillars to meet our mission of providing individuals who face significant life challenges with opportunities to stabilize, participate and grow.


Stabilization is the first step toward an improved quality of life. Includes meeting basic needs of food, clothing, shelter, income, health care and social interaction.


Participation is about building natural social supports, joining an activity, volunteering, trying something new. All improve community integration levels and maintain stability. Start Me Up Niagara relies on the support of more than 300 volunteers each year.


Growth is about setting goals, developing social and work skills, earning income, and moving toward self sufficiency and a better quality of life.

Start Me Up Niagara currently resides on unceded land. Therefore, we would like to recognize and acknowledge the land we currently operate in the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples’ traditional territories.

  • The team at the Work Action Centre were a pleasure to work with. We had a diverse group of applicants and will definitely be moving forward with second interviews.
    - Employer
  • "The Work Action Centre has been an incredible resource in helping me gain the confidence and tools to start my own business."
    - Chloë Grande, Eating disorder recovery & discovery

Support Our Work

Your donations go directly to frontline service and supports for our participants who experience homelessness and other mental health and addictions issues.

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