Temporary changes due to COVID-19 Copy

In an effort to raise awareness and take measures to minimize the spread of the Novel Coronavirus, Start Me Up Niagara has taken some actions to assist all participants, volunteers and staff.

We are committed to the health and well-being of the community, while continuing to deliver essential services and support to those who need it.

We have and will continue to communicate with clients on alternative services available in the City of St. Catharines, including all factual information released by reliable sources.

SMUN is staying up to date with Niagara Region Public Health and taking into account all guidelines, protocols and procedures applied at shelters and drop-in centres across the province.

Some changes at SMUN:

  • Opening and closing times of the Drop-in Centre at 17 Gale Crescent; closed from 11:30am – 1pm week days
  • No sit in lunches on weekends; lunch bags will be distributed instead
  • Cancelled gatherings & events at either of the 2 locations (17 Gale Crescent and 203 Church Street)
  • Increase and facilitate hand washing, sanitizing and continue to use disposable utensils

We will continue to do our best to keep you up to date as we monitor this situation and respond accordingly!

Thank you for your support and cooperation. We are all in this together.

Start Me Up Niagara

Temporary changes due to COVID-19

In an effort to raise awareness and take measures to minimize the spread of the Novel Coronavirus, Start Me Up Niagara has taken some actions to assist all participants, volunteers and staff.

We are committed to the health and well-being of the community, while continuing to deliver essential services and support to those who need it.

We have and will continue to communicate with clients on alternative services available in the City of St. Catharines, including all factual information released by reliable sources.

SMUN is staying up to date with Niagara Region Public Health and taking into account all guidelines, protocols and procedures applied at shelters and drop-in centres across the province.

Some changes at SMUN:

  • Opening and closing times of the Drop-in Centre at 17 Gale Crescent; closed from 11:30am – 1pm week days
  • No sit in lunches on weekends; lunch bags will be distributed instead
  • Cancelled gatherings & events at either of the 2 locations (17 Gale Crescent and 203 Church Street)
  • Increase and facilitate hand washing, sanitizing and continue to use disposable utensils

We will continue to do our best to keep you up to date as we monitor this situation and respond accordingly!

Thank you for your support and cooperation. We are all in this together.

Start Me Up Niagara

Walk with us on Feb 22, 2020

Please join us once again for our annual Coldest Night of the Year fundraising walk on February 22nd, 2020. This year’s goal is $150,000 and we can reach it with your help. This fun, family-friendly walking fundraiser helps Start Me Up Niagara assist the hungry, homeless and hurting in our community. Walkers can opt for a 2, 5 or 10 km route.

Street News Latest Edition

Street News, our community newspaper, conveys Voices from the Streets—a paper by and for those living close to the streets.
Each exciting issue is packed full with News, Information, Stories, Poetry, Photography and Art.
The latest edition of Street News, is now available online. Read it today.

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.