Pasta Supper

Spring 2017

SMUN celebrates SPRING

Start Me Up Niagara is springing into the season with new and exciting developments,
everyday activities and gearing up for the opening of the garden.

Beginning Tuesday, June 6th, come and help up plant, water and grow.
Farm shuttle runs: Tues-Fri, leaving at 9:15am sharp and returning in the afternoon at 4pm
(Return time dependent on weather, temperature and other factors beyond our control.


Tuesday, April 11th was the Annual Volunteer Night sponsored by the City of St. Catharines.
This year's SMUN volunteer was: Bob Tanouye
Bob is secretary of the Board of Directors here at SMUN,
Co-event Director for our annual fundraiser: Coldest Night of the Year,
and an outstanding volunteer we are fortunate to have on our team.

Thank you to the City for continuing this wonderful night of appreciation
and to

Thanking MPP Jim Bradley and the Ontario Trillium Foundation for helping us chill

“It ain’t the heat; it’s the humility.” – Yogi Berra Before summer 2016, staying cool and hearing yourself think on a hot day in our centre were mutually exclusive activities. Anyone who has spent any time at Start Me Up in previous summer months would have remembered the jet-engine noise of our A/C unit. The […]

Art Me Up – CFBU interview with Aaron

An up close and personal interview on the awesome Brock radio station CFBU (103.7 fm) our with Aaron Wagner, SMUN staff and curator for our collective show at NAC – Art Me Up – An Exhibition “A sight for more eyes”.

Home at Last, Home to Stay

​Hear the voices of what housing actually means from five formerly homeless individuals … Housing First works! 

New Hours!

Start Me Up Niagara has new hours of operation. The upstairs drop-in centre will be closed every Wednesday afternoon at 2pm, while the office downstairs will continue as usual. On the 1st Wednesday of every month both up and downstairs will be closed at 2pm.

The Rock of Start Me Up

Our very own Susan Venditti was honoured today by receiving a Doctorate of Law from Brock University. Congratulations from the board, staff, and participants! For more details read the articles in the St. Catharines Standard  and The Brock News.

Outreach Centre

About SMUN

Open 365 days a year, Start Me Up Niagara operates a vibrant Outreach Centre in downtown St. Catharines working with individuals facing significant life challenges.

SMUN Food Plus

Food Plus

Start Me Up Niagara’s 2 acre Green Garden, located at Vineland Research & Innovation Centre has been growing fresh nutritious food for SMUN’s Healthy Kitchen since 2010.