Walk with us on Feb 22, 2020

Please join us once again for our main fundraiser: Coldest Night of the Year! This year’s walk takes place on February 22nd, 2020. Our goal is for 2020 is $150,000—we can do it with your help.

image courtesy of Paul Schmidt

image courtesy of Brian Yungblut

Coldest Night of the Year is a fun, family-friendly walking fundraiser that raises money for the hungry, homeless and hurting in 65 communities across Canada. Walkers can opt for a 2km, 5km or 10km route to help raise much needed revenue for Start Me Up Niagara while experiencing a hint of the challenges faced by those dealing the reality of homelessness.

image courtesy of Brian Yungblut

image courtesy of Paul Schmidt

Start Me Up Niagara has raised over $625,000 dollars from 2013 to 2019, enabling us to buy our own home here at 17 Gale Crescent, open a second location: Work Action Centre at 203 Church St. and continue with much needed programs including: housing, employment, food plus and mental health.

If you own or operate a business, we are still looking for sponsors. For details please see our Sponsorship Package.

Thank you for your ongoing support !

image courtesy of Paul Schmidt

Thank you General Motors – our returning LEAD sponsor for 4 years!

image courtesy of Paul Schmidt

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Out of the Cold 2019-20

Start Me Up Niagara resumes operating the Out of the Cold overnight shelter program for the Winter 2019–20 season on Nov 3rd, 2019. Out of the Cold offers a hot meal with the option of a bed for the night. The meal and bed are provided at separate locations and meal locations vary by day of the week. See schedule for details or call 211 for locations.

Coldest Night of the Year 2020

Walk with us on Saturday, February 22, 2020 in the Coldest Night of the Year, a fantastically fun, family-friendly walking fundraiser that raises money for the hungry, homeless and hurting in over 100 communities across Canada. Help us achieve our 2020 fundraising goal of $150,000.

Outreach Centre

Open 365 days a year, our vibrant Outreach Centre offers daily drop-in offers hot coffee & refreshments, recreational activities, computer & WiFi access. Hot lunches are served on weekends and holidays.

Work Action Centre

Our Work Action Centre offers employment and business supports including enhanced skill development assistance, computer learning lab and artistic retail space.