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  1. Homepage - Welcome

    How We Help Learn more about the programs and services we offer to help individuals set goals and to achieve success. ...
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  2. About Start Me Up Niagara

    Start Me Up Niagara offers services and programs to individuals who face significant life challenges to provide them with opportunities...
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  3. St. Catharines Resource Drop-In Centre

    The Start Me Up Niagara community outreach centre is located at 17 Gale Crescent in St. Catharines. It is a welcoming safe place, open...
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  4. Housing Services

    The Housing Services provide supports for individuals facing addictions, mental health, poverty, and chronic homelessness to eliminate...
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  5. Employment Services

    The Start Me Up Niagara employment team provides supports and services to individuals looking to find and retain employment. We offer s...
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  6. Donate to Start Me Up Niagara

    Your donations go directly to frontline service and supports for our participants who experience homelessness and other mental health a...
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  7. Donate Goods & Services

    Making your gifts go further, making sure they help as many people as possible is always our goal. We want to thank our funders, donors...
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  8. Volunteer

    At Start Me Up Niagara, we value and appreciate our volunteers! IN AN EFFORT TO PROTECT OUR PARTICIPANTS, ALL VOLUN...
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  9. Temporary Winter Shelter

    Start Me Up Niagara operates 2 Temporary Winter Shelters over the harshest months of the year, one in St. Catharines and one in Niagara...
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  10. Job Opportunities

    Our people are the heart of our success. We’re committed to embedding inclusion into everything we do. From celebrating our people, t...
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  11. Art Me Up

    Create. Grow. Share. Art Me Up is a project designed for SMUN participants to archive their individual creative past and present. Throu...
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  12. Bike Me Up

    About Bike Me Up Our program is set up as a fully-equipped bicycle shop to receive donated bicycles from the public. We have a core gro...
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  13. Niagara Falls Resource Drop-In Centre

    The Start Me Up Niagara Resource Drop-In Centre is located at 4878 Jepson Street in Niagara Falls. It is a welcoming safe place, open ...
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  14. Media Inquiries

    The Communication Coordinator is responsible for providing news and information on our services, programs, events and emergent issues. ...
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  15. The Second Career Program at the Work Action Centre

    Have you lost your job due to layoff and are on EI? Are you looking to retrain to a new career? Contact us to see if you are eligible for t...
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  16. Warming Centre to open in St. Catharines for the vulnerable

    Jan. 24, 2022 – With temperatures dropping, Start Me Up Niagara (SMUN), Silver Spire United Church and Niagara Region have worked jointly to open a ...
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  17. Susan Venditti Named 2021 T. Roy Adams Humanitarian Award Recipient

    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...
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  18. New Resource Drop-In Centre Opens in Niagara Falls

    Start Me Up Niagara is proud to announce the opening of a new remote Resource Drop-In Centre in Niagara Falls. This additional Resource Centre will as...
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  19. A Time for Reflection

    In contemplation of human disconnectedness, author Leo Buscaglia once wrote, “too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word,...
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  20. Tips for Soothing The New-Job-Jitters

    After all the job searching and applications, interviews and patient waiting, you got the job! Let the Work Action Centre relieve those new job jitter...
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  21. Understanding LGBTQ2S Youth Homelessness in Canada

    In honour of Pride Month, we wanted to share some of the advocacy and research exceptional organizations like The 519, Homeless Hub, Canadian Coalitio...
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  22. Dress for Success: Looking Good for Your Interview

    First impressions matter when going for a job interview. Here at Start Me Up Niagara's Work Action Centre, we have put together a list of how to make ...
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  23. 5 Tips to Take Your Job Interview Skills to the Next Level

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

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

    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 i...
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  26. 4 Easy Tips For Managing Your Job Search Plan

    Tracking who you have applied to can feel like a full-time job in itself. Follow these tips and tricks to organize your job application process to loo...
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  27. SMART Goals, the Secret That Successful People Know

    Life can be overwhelming when you know where you want to be in your career, but everything else gets in the way. SMART goals can help you break down y...
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  28. Fighting Back Against Food Insecurity in Niagara

    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 is...
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  29. Meet SMUN's New Executive Director

    Laura Dumas comes to Start Me Up Niagara with over 30 years’ experience in the not for profit world. She has had the privilege to work with voluntee...
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  30. Start Me Up Niagara Welcomes New Director

    Start Me Up Niagara is pleased to announce that Laura Dumas has been named as the organization’s new Executive Director. Laura will succeed Susan Ve...
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  31. Transforming Lives Through Our Community Garden

    For over 10 years, Start Me Up Niagara has enjoyed the use of a two-acre community farm space at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. The VRIC...
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  32. How Best to Donate to Start Me Up

    Community support is important, but due to COVID-19 and a limitation on space, there are things we cannot accept as donations. Here are some items we ...
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  33. COVID-19 Update and Our Services and Programs as of November, 2020

    Despite the many challenges, Start Me Up continued to work and remain open through the pandemic. With the virus threat level reduced, and the city pre...
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