Project SHARE programs provide residents of Niagara Falls who are living below the poverty line with basic needs. Our programs are designed to create positive, proactive alternatives to allow people to help themselves and their families with dignity in times of crisis.
Clients can come once a month to access the food bank for both perishable and non-perishable groceries. If additional help is needed they can also access the program once per week for bread and produce. Contary to inaccurate information that was shared in error, there is no client waiver required to access our emergency food program.
Project SHARE was proud to run the Niagara Falls Out of the Cold 2 year pilot project from November 2018-April 2020. We thank St. Andrew’s United Church for hosting this program, the Niagara Region, the City of Niagara Falls and numerous community donors who supported this initiative.
We are proud of the successes we saw over the past two years which included securing housing and employment for some of the shelter guests. The pilot proved a need for this program to continue and expand in Niagara Falls and we are happy to announce Out of the Cold will continue at St. Andrew’s United Church with an increased 30 beds beginning on November 15, 2020 under the leadership of Start Me Up Niagara. Start Me Up Niagara has been operating the St. Catharines Out of the Cold Program for many years, and their experience as a shelter provider will be a great benefit to our Niagara Falls community. Project SHARE will continue to support the Niagara Falls Out of the Cold program as a community partner. For more information on Out of the Cold Niagara Falls please visit www.startmeupniagara.ca
The Emergency Utility Subsidy Program provides assistance to clients that are in threat of having their heat, oil or gas utilities disconnected. Other means of help include hydro or water deposits along with referrals to partner agencies who may be able to assist further.
Our intensive case manager can help individuals and families who are in need of finding affordable housing. We help aid their search and supply up to date housing listings in the Niagara Region. We will also assist with Niagara Regional Housing Applications and arrange and provide transportation to shelters.
When coming in for your Monthly food Project SHARE can provide a bus ticket to get home. Once a year Project SHARE may be able to assist with the cost of transportation in the form of a Gas voucher or Bus ticket to a medical appointment. Documentation / proof of appointment MUST be provided at time of request for assistance.
Please note Project SHARE is not able to offer assistance with transportation to any other type of appointment.
Project SHARE has funding available to assist clients with the expense of emergency prescriptions. Families can access this program once per year. Please note, Project SHARE is not able to help with any pain-killers or narcotic products.
Project Share partners with Goodwill Industries and St. Andrew’s United Church Shoulder to Shoulder Program to provide clothing necessities for families living below the poverty line in Niagara Falls
Project SHARE is the Niagara Falls partner for Canadian Tire Jumpstart and The Big Play. The program assists children ranging from age 4 to 18 with the cost of playing organized sports and recreational activities up to $600 per child per year.
Volunteers and clients tend plots at Our Lady of Scapular Church, The Gate Alliance Church, and Westlane Secondary School that grow food for our Emergency Food Program as well as for their own need. Clients can sign up for a plot at either location at Project SHARE. For more information call Jo at 905-357-5121 x232
Our Christmas program provides children's gifts and a holiday meal to 4,500 people who are living below the poverty line in Niagara Falls every year. Client registration begins in November. Donors can sponsor a specific family, or support our overall program with monetary donations, food or toy drives. For more information on how you can support our annual Christmas Program call 905-357-5121 ext. 235
CTFS Jumpstart Snacks n' Sneakers Program
This program provides new backpacks, running shoes, school supplies and snacks to school aged children in low income families in Niagara Falls. Client registratiuon takes place in July and supplies are distributed in August.
Gift of Sight Program
Project Share has a partnership with Walmart to assist clients who are in need of eyeglasses. Clients must not have any other assistance available to them and have a recent prescription. Once the client has paid for half of the cost for basic glasses, Project SHARE will pay for remaining portion.
Brushed Aside is a program in partnership with United Way of St. Catharines that can help clients in need of dentures or extractions. It is an interest free loan of up to $1000 with a minimum repayment of $10 per month. Please contact Rachel at 905-357-5121 x223.
Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP)
OESP helps low income individuals with a monthly credit towards their hydro bills. You must be low income, and the hydro bill must be in your name. Clients will need to bring in ID for everyone in the household, proof of all income and their hydro bill to apply.
Workers can provide clients with harm reduction supplies such as needles, syringes, pipes, sharps containers and condoms. Workers are also trained in how to inject naloxone which can temporarily reverse the effects of an opiod overdose.