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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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.

About SMUN   Our Services

  • The Drop-In Centre is a place to get information, socialize, and to be safe.
    Anonymous - Centre Participant
  • 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.

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. 

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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Posted Oct 19th, 2021 in News & Updates

In 2020, Start Me Up Niagara received a $75,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to deliver a project to conduct a feasibility study towards creating a comprehensive volunteer program. With a goal of building inclusive and engaged communities, this project will allow citizens to have a say in shaping services that matter to them and has an impact on the lives of 500 people in the community.

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Susan Venditti Named 2021 T. Roy Adams Humanitarian Award Recipient

Susan Venditti Named 2021 T. Roy Adams Humanitarian Award Recipient

Posted Aug 7th, 2021 in News & Updates

Start Me Up Niagara is pleased to hear of Susan Venditti receiving the T. Roy Adams Humanitarian award. Susan has been a guiding light in the city and region for those experiencing poverty, homelessness, mental health issues, and other significant life challenges. Susan has been a guiding light in the city and region for those experiencing poverty, homelessness, mental health issues, and other significant life challenges.

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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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