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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Shelter

Temporary Winter Shelters (TWS)

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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
  • 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
  • Danny and I feel that with every client that Start Me Up places in their new home, each person they are able to feed and help is a definite step in bettering our community and strengthening our faith in mankind.
    Susie

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. 

 Location

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. 

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. A warming centre is open at Coronation Centre, 5925 Summer St., in Niagara Falls at 12 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 17. The centre is open seven days a week from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. with an end date of April 15, 2022. Once inside, visi...

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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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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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