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Warming Centre to open in St. Catharines for the vulnerable

Warming Centre to open in St. Catharines for the vulnerable

Posted Jan 24th, 2022 in News & Updates

Jan. 24, 2022 – With temperatures dropping, Start Me Up Niagara (SMUN), Silver Spire United Church and Niagara Region have worked jointly to open a warming centre to give those who are vulnerable and may be experiencing homelessness a safe, warm indoor place to rest and access amenities in St. Catharines. Silver Spire United Church located at 366 St. Paul Street in St. Catharines will be opening its doors for the warming centre on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022.

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Warming Centre to open in Niagara Falls for vulnerable

Warming Centre to open in Niagara Falls for vulnerable

Posted Jan 18th, 2022

With temperatures dropping, Start Me Up Niagara (SMUN) the City of Niagara Falls and Niagara Region have worked jointly to open warming centres to give those who are vulnerable and may be experiencing homelessness a safe, warm indoor place to rest and access amenities.

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OTF Grant Helps Start Me Up Niagara to Expand Community Garden

Posted Nov 3rd, 2021

Start Me Up Niagara, SMUN wants to thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre for a great growing year, the first of a three-year partnership. With an OTF grant of $449,500 grant, Start Me Up Niagara was able to expand the Green Garden, a social enterprise and community gardening program that provides welcoming, inclusive activities. Start Me Up Niagara worked with participants in the garden on a 2.5-acre farm and in the kitchen to create some fanta...

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OTF GRANT GIVES COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER PROGRAM A BOOST

OTF GRANT GIVES COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER PROGRAM A BOOST

Posted Oct 19th, 2021 in News & Updates

In 2020, Start Me Up Niagara received a $75,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to deliver a project to conduct a feasibility study towards creating a comprehensive volunteer program. With a goal of building inclusive and engaged communities, this project will allow citizens to have a say in shaping services that matter to them and has an impact on the lives of 500 people in the community.

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Susan Venditti Named 2021 T. Roy Adams Humanitarian Award Recipient

Susan Venditti Named 2021 T. Roy Adams Humanitarian Award Recipient

Posted Aug 7th, 2021 in News & Updates

Start Me Up Niagara is pleased to hear of Susan Venditti receiving the T. Roy Adams Humanitarian award. Susan has been a guiding light in the city and region for those experiencing poverty, homelessness, mental health issues, and other significant life challenges. Susan has been a guiding light in the city and region for those experiencing poverty, homelessness, mental health issues, and other significant life challenges.

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New Resource Drop-In Centre Opens in Niagara Falls

New Resource Drop-In Centre Opens in Niagara Falls

Posted Jun 21st, 2021 in News & Updates

Start Me Up Niagara is proud to announce the opening of a new remote Resource Drop-In Centre in Niagara Falls. This additional Resource Centre will assist local Niagara Falls residents experiencing significant life challenges such as poverty, homelessness, unemployment, disabilities, addictions and mental illness by helping them to access the resources and programs that will provide them with opportunities to stabilize, participate and grow.

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A Time for Reflection

A Time for Reflection

Posted Jun 17th, 2021 in News & Updates

In contemplation of human disconnectedness, author Leo Buscaglia once wrote, “too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” So let’s find small, honest, and meaningful ways to connect and grow as a more thoughtful community.

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Tips for Soothing The New-Job-Jitters

Tips for Soothing The New-Job-Jitters

Posted Jun 10th, 2021 in Career Tips and Advice

After all the job searching and applications, interviews and patient waiting, you got the job! Let the Work Action Centre relieve those new job jitters with these helpful do’s and don’ts. The Work Action Centre offers a wide range of services and the support is always tailored to meet the individual needs and goals of each participant. Whether you are looking for traditional employment or at self-employment, the team at 203 Church Street will help you overcome barriers with respect, compassi...

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Understanding LGBTQ2S Youth Homelessness in Canada

Understanding LGBTQ2S Youth Homelessness in Canada

Posted Jun 3rd, 2021 in Research and Advocacy

In honour of Pride Month, we wanted to share some of the advocacy and research exceptional organizations like The 519, Homeless Hub, Canadian Coalition Against LGBTQ+ Poverty (CCALP), Re:searching for LGBTQ2S+ Health, and Canadian Mental Health Association have shared over this growing issue of LGBTQ2S Youth Homelessness in Canada.

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Dress for Success: Looking Good for Your Interview

Dress for Success: Looking Good for Your Interview

Posted May 20th, 2021 in Career Tips and Advice

First impressions matter when going for a job interview. Here at Start Me Up Niagara's Work Action Centre, we have put together a list of how to make the right statement and get your dream job. At Start Me Up Niagara, we offer services to support people facing significant challenges such as poverty, homelessness, unemployment, disabilities, addictions, and mental illness. Our goal is to provide opportunities for these individuals to help them increase their level of self-sufficiency and impr...

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