Archive for October, 2018

  • Annual Abrigo Yard Sale now underway

    23 October 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Vast array of items available. All proceeds support the United Way Greater Toronto

    The Abrigo Centre's eagerly awaited annual Yard Sale in support of the United Way Greater Toronto is now underway. The event runs from Tuesday, October 23 through Friday, October 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Abrigo Centre. All proceeds from this event will support the United Way Greater Toronto.

    Staff members, volunteers and the public have been donating clothing items, children's toys, household and baby items and a variety of electronics for the last couple of months in anticipation of this hallmark Abrigo event. With a wide array of affordable items to choose from, everyone who visits should be able to find something to take home.

    Last year, the Yard Sale raised more than $1,300 over the four days and helped Abrigo staff raise a record $5,600 for the United Way Greater Toronto.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

  • Ribeira Grande, Portugal Mayor and Councillor visit Abrigo

    18 October 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Meeting held to discuss social service programs in Canada and Portugal

    The Abrigo Centre had the distinct pleasure on October 17th to welcome the Mayor of Ribeira Grande, Portugal Mr. Alexandre Gaudencio as well as city councilor Mr. Hernani Costa during their visit to Canada.

    Abrigo Executive Director Ed Graca provided some of the history of our organization and an extensive overview of the programs and services Abrigo currently provides to more than 6,500 clients who visit our agency each year.

    Our Portuguese visitors also spoke extensively about where and how programs are provided in their city and various ideas were exchanged on how better to deliver services in both countries.

    After the hour-long meeting Mayor Gaudencio and Councillor Costa were given a tour of the agency and spent a significant amount of time visiting with the seniors in Abrigo's Life and Hope Educational and Recreational group. It gave our guests an opportunity to hear first-hand some of the issues our seniors are facing on a daily basis.

    To their surprise and delight, the eagle-eyed visitors saw an old photo, taken mostly likely sometime in the 80s, of Ribeiraa Grande's City Hall hanging in our second floor computer room.

    Thank you to Mayor Gaudencio and Councillor Costa for joining us for a most informative visit.

  • "Kissed" the new exhibit by Stella Jurgen

    01 October 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    A Percentage of Sales will be Donated to the Abrigo Centre

    The last Friday of September saw a large crowd assembled for the Opening Reception at The Peach Gallery in Toronto for "Kissed" the new exhibit from Oakville-based artist, musician and designer Stella Jurgen.

    Friends, supporters, artists and community members turned out on mass for a memorable evening of music and art as the dynamic powerhouse Stella Jurgen not only unveiled a bevy of colourful paintings and drawings but also performed a number of songs along with her tight three-piece band Jazz Plazma.

    For the last three years Stella has been a faithful and generous supporter of the Abrigo Centre. Whether it is through the donation of her time, services or artwork, she is always there for our agency when needed. A percentage of sales from the "Kissed" exhibit will be donated to the Abrigo Centre in support of women and children who are experiencing or have survived domestic violence or abuse.

    Thank you to Stella Jurgen for all her ongoing support.

    "Kissed" runs through to October 21 at The Peach Gallery, 722 College Street, Toronto.

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