How We Help

Learn more about the programs and services we offer to help individuals set goals and to achieve success.

Drop-In Centre & Activities

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Employment Services & Support

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Housing & Homelessness

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Out of the Cold Program

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Welcome to Start Me Up Niagara

At Start Me Up Niagara, we offer services and programs 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 daily drop in, community lunches, health care, income maximization, arts, garden, housing supports and employment development.

Together, we are working to build a community where all are included.

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  • I’ve been coming to the Work Action Centre to work on my business and it's been really beneficial. I tend to isolate myself and being a sole-proprietor, it's easy to work from home and not get out. At WAC, it’s a great atmosphere to work in. I would encourage anyone that’s wanting to get back to work to come and visit WAC.
    Pat, WAC Participant
  • The team at WAC encouraged me to keep doing it and keep going. You have to rely on supportive people to keep going.
    Sita, WAC Participant
  • It is my humble opinion is that this program, driven by the devotion of their workers and members, be the benchmark in creating a much needed form of a support system for those battling a disability. The people go above and beyond their job descriptions, and in an imperfect health system existing in the province of Ontario, provide hope and results to those people in need.
    Kevin, WAC Participant

A Place To Be Drop-In Details

Housing help, referrals, support and resources for people experiencing or are at risk of homelessness in Niagara. 

Our drop-in centre at 17 Gale Crescent is open Monday to Friday between 9AM to 11:15AM and 1:15PM to 3:15PM for those experiencing or are at risk of homelessness. COVID-19 safety protocols are in effect for your safety. 


17 Gale Crescent, ON L2R 3K8 (Map)

 Weekday Hours

Monday to Friday  |  9:00AM - 12PM, 1PM - 4PM

 Weekend Hours

Saturday and Sunday | 11:15AM to 1:00PM

How To Help

Our dedicated volunteers, donors and supporters are dedicated to our mission to support and provide opportunities for individuals facing hardships in Niagara. ​If you're interested in getting involved, there are many ways to help. 

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News & Updates

Stay connect with the latest news and updates from Start Me Up Niagara. 

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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Our Locations

The Centre and Work Action Centre are both conveniently located in the heart of downtown St. Catharines. 

The Centre, Start Me Up Niagara

The Centre

17 Gale Crescent
St. Catharines, ON L2R 3K8

(905) 984-5310

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Work Action Centre, Start Me Up Niagara

Work Action Centre

203 Church Street
St. Catharines, ON L2R 3E8

(289) 438-3939

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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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