Laura Dumas comes to Start Me Up Niagara with over 30 years’ experience in the not for profit world. She has had the privilege to work with volunteers and marginalized individuals in many organizations within and outside of the Niagara Region.
A place to go.
A place to be somebody.
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Start Me Up Niagara is a busy, happening place that welcomes all 365 days a year.
We offer a variety of services to individuals who face significant life challenges to provide them with opportunities to stabilize, participate and grow.
Learn more about the programs and services we offer to help individuals set goals and to achieve success.
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 illness.
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.
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)
Monday to Friday | 9:00AM - 12PM, 1PM - 4PM
Saturday and Sunday | 11:15AM to 1:00PM
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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Start Me Up Niagara is pleased to announce that Laura Dumas has been named as the organization’s new Executive Director. Laura will succeed Susan Venditti who is retiring on November 30, 2020. Laura brings over thirty years of not-for-profit experience with the Elizabeth Fry Society, March of Dimes and most recently Community Support Services of Niagara where she served as Program Manager.
For over 10 years, Start Me Up Niagara has enjoyed the use of a two-acre community farm space at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. The VRIC generously donated us this space so we can grow food for our meal programs and to offer to our community at a low cost, helping us to promote wellness and food security in our neighbourhood.
The Centre and Work Action Centre are both conveniently located in the heart of downtown St. Catharines.