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 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.

About SMUN   Our Services

  • 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
  • In this world filled with turmoil, it is refreshing to know that there are "angels" walking among us. Those "angels" are the men and women working for Start Me Up Niagara. The efforts they show their clients they assist are endless. They try and make the lives of these clients better. Finding them shelter, food, household goods, dealing with banking issues, doctor issues, and the list goes on.
  • My experience with WAC has been both inspirational and supportive. I have been with WAC for three years and my counselor Jennifer Pegg has been very understanding and compassionate. She and the whole team understand it takes a village to heal somebody! I found my tribe.
    Fabiola, 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. 

Meet SMUN's New Executive Director

Meet SMUN's New Executive Director

Posted Dec 11th, 2020 in News & Updates

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.

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Start Me Up Niagara Welcomes New Director

Start Me Up Niagara Welcomes New Director

Posted Dec 10th, 2020 in News & Updates

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.

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Transforming Lives Through Our Community Garden

Transforming Lives Through Our Community Garden

Posted Oct 29th, 2020 in Community Garden

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.

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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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