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

  • 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
  • The people at the Centre helps me get all my responsibilities taken care of.
    Anonymous - Centre 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.

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. 

5 Tips to Take Your Job Interview Skills to the Next Level

5 Tips to Take Your Job Interview Skills to the Next Level

Posted May 10th, 2021 in Career Tips and Advice

So you got the interview! Now what? Here at the Work Action Centre, we know that being prepared for the interview is critical to getting the position. Follow these tips to enhance your interview success. Start Me Up Niagara’s Work Action Centre is dedicated to helping you organize your job search process. If you are interested in growing your own small business or exploring career options, reach out to us TODAY for more information on how we can help. Please call us at 289-438-3939.

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Poverty, Homelessness, and Start Me Up Niagara’s Period Promise

Poverty, Homelessness, and Start Me Up Niagara’s Period Promise

Posted May 6th, 2021 in Research and Advocacy

During the month of May, you’re going to be seeing some posts from Start Me Up Niagara encouraging our community to donate and participate in a vital initiative very close to our hearts. Many shelters and other community service organizations in Niagara and across Ontario are overcrowded and lack the resources to provide more than a few items per menstrual cycle. If you, a partner, or family member requires hygiene products, please reach out to Start Me Up’s staff at the Resource Centre, and...

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Art Me Up Niagara Awarded Grant from the Million Dollar Round Table Foundation

Art Me Up Niagara Awarded Grant from the Million Dollar Round Table Foundation

Posted Apr 27th, 2021 in News & Updates

The MDRT Foundation has awarded a $1,500 grant to Start Me Up Niagara's Art Me Up program, a program designed for SMUN participants to archive their individual creative past and present. Through the exploration of multi-disciplinary arts, Art Me Up participants will have various opportunities in a safe studio environment, including workshops, facilitated open studios, access to a digital lab, and the establishment of web-based exhibition space to express personal memories and to map their jo...

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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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