Archive for December, 2020

  • 2020 Holiday Season Closure

    24 December 2020 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Abrigo Continues Annual Tradition

    As is our annual tradition, Abrigo will be closed between Christmas Day and New Years Day. We will reopen virtually on Monday, January 4, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.

    This has been a year unlike any other in modern times, but we made it through because of you.On behalf of the entire Abrigo team, thank you to our donors, stakeholders, supporters, volunteers and clients for your generosity and ongoing belief in the important work we do.

    We wish you all a happy, healthy, and safe Holiday Season!

  • OXALA Livestream Events Raise $2,000 for Abrigo

    16 December 2020 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Rising Star Makes an Impact

    Singer, songwriter OXALA recently held three benefit livestream events through the fall of 2020 for the Abrigo Centre and because of her efforts, and the generosity of her viewers and fans, just over $2,000 was raised for the west-end Toronto social service agency.

    The talented local performer reached out to Abrigo in August with the idea of connecting her three planned livestream shows to a good cause. “It’s been a true pleasure to work with OXALA over the last few months,” says Ed Graça, Executive Director for the Abrigo Centre. “It was clear from our first meeting that she was motivated to make a difference to the women and clients we serve. She was well aware of all our services, in particular, our Violence Against Women (VAW) program.”

    OXALA’s first show in September was an Amy Winehouse tribute concert. With a full band at her side, OXALA knocked out some of Winehouse’s biggest hits and a few of her own personal favourites. Backed by talented guitarist Alan Kulka, the second event was a bilingual concert featuring a variety of music including some of OXALA’s most beloved Portuguese Fado and Brazilian Bossa Nova songs. Videos from this show can be found on her website or below.

    The final livestream event was the premier watch party for OXALA’s new short documentary “30/TRINTA – Live at The Burdock” a behind the scenes look at her preparations for the recording of her live EP of the same name.

    During each event, the singer encouraged viewers to donate online to Abrigo, an agency that helps over 7,000 individuals each year and some 800 annually in its VAW program.

    “I’ve become passionate about the amazing work Abrigo does every day to help women facing abuse and other vulnerable populations in Toronto,” says OXALA. “It was a wonderful partnership and I was happy to generate some funds and raise awareness for the agency.”

    OXALA will be prominently featured on an episode of Nos Portugueses on OMNI TV coming soon. Please visit her website for more information on the artist and her music.

  • How Seniors Can Navigate the Holiday Season

    10 December 2020 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Abrigo's December submission to Discover Magazine takes a closer look.

    Abrigo counsellor Marilia dos Santos work extensively with more than 200 seniors registered in Abrigo's Life and Hope group. Prior to the pandemic, a diverse group of 50 to 100 would show up regularly three days a week to share a meal, sing, dance, learn and bond together. That has ended for the time being but she is regularly in touch with most of her clients keeping their spirits as high as possible during this challenging time.

    Please read more about Marilia's work and how seniors can keep busy and engaged over the holiday season here:

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