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

  • Due to the pleasant experience [with the Housing Team], we started searching to buy another property about a year ago and finally purchased a house in Fort Erie. We are certain to utilize this property for a similar social cause in due time.
  • 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

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. 

The Impacts of COVID on Women and Unemployment

The Impacts of COVID on Women and Unemployment

Posted Mar 29th, 2021 in News & Updates

The pandemic's impact on our economy, our society, and our community are only now beginning to be understood. While it may take years for a complete picture to be analyzed and understood, we are already seeing the real impacts on our participants and the vulnerable in our homes and streets in St. Catharines and across Niagara. Sadly, we found that COVID has hit women, particularly mothers with young children, the hardest. "Canada's labour market saw months of gains wiped out in a matter of w...

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Fighting Back Against Food Insecurity in Niagara

Fighting Back Against Food Insecurity in Niagara

Posted Mar 23rd, 2021 in News & Updates

Start Me Up Niagara hopes to begin the conversation around food insecurity and how some in our community live in a food desert by highlighting this issue. Right now, in hundreds of homes in Niagara, children, men and women are waking up to the anxiety and the realization that they are not sure where their next meal is. Tragically, many of those same people are going to bed on an empty stomach.

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5 Tips for Improving Your Mental Health and Wellbeing

5 Tips for Improving Your Mental Health and Wellbeing

Posted Mar 22nd, 2021

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the mental health and wellbeing of many in Niagara have suffered. Start Me Up Niagara has put together a list of tips and resources available to everyone in the Niagara-area. Remember, a healthy community starts with you!

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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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