St. Catharines Resource Centre

The Start Me Up Niagara Resource Centre is located at 203 Church St. in St. Catharines. It is a welcoming safe place, open five days a week, with a pick-up lunch service on Sundays.

About The Centre

The Centre has hosted 33,000 drop-in visits and served 14,000 hot lunches in the past year.

Our staff is always available, and visitors have access to a variety of services, programs and activities. 

Contact The Centre

  • "The workshops have been so organized. There are real people here. They aren’t phony. They give us instructions and help us fill out the pages. A lot of organizations give you a pay and say give it back when you are done. Nobody says you can’t do it here. That’s what I love."
    - John, WAC Participant

Drop-In Services

Visitors can expect the following:

  • Daily refreshments & coffee always freshly brewed
  • Hot lunches at no charge on weekends and holidays
  • Nursing services on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Mental Health services on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • Access to phones, computers, restrooms, and mail services
  • Assistance with applications and other paperwork
  • Connections to other community services
  • Information on housing and employment programs
  • Addictions Worker on Monday and Thursdays

Programs & Activities 

The following activities and programs are available to everyone. Many of these programs and activities are temporarily on hold due to COVID safety protocols.

  • Healthy Kitchen & Community Garden

    We offer food preparation and kitchen activities including workshops, cooking lessons, baking lessons, canning lessons, and more.

    Our community garden program allows us to bring fresh vegetables and fruits from the garden to the tables of the people in the community.

    Learn More

  • Art Supplies & Classes 

    All participants are invited to meet at the Centre on Thursdays for ‘Expressions’ - try your hand at creative expression!

    Art supplies are also available for use upon request. 

  • Music

    A piano and guitar are just some of the musical instruments that are always available at The Centre.

    Participants frequently entertain others, especially on birthdays and special events.

  • Lending Library

    SMUN has a variety of books in its well stocked library. It has a take-a-book, bring-a-book lending policy. Books are restocked by the Love of Reading reading group. Daily newspaper and magazines are also available.

    Donations of current books are welcome especially cookbooks and gardening books.

    How to Donate Books

  • Recreational Activites

    SMUN offers many fun recreational activities including BINGO, movies, crafts, outings and exercise. Everyone is invited to relax, take a break and join in!

  • Volunteer Opportunities

    Develop skills and build your resume by getting involved. Participants are welcome invited to join the team and help keep Start Me Up Niagara running smoothly. 

    Community participation and court ordered service placements are available.

    Volunteer Opportunities

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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