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  • Abrigo is Open But Continues to Offer Virtual Services

    20 September 2021 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Call us between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. weekdays for assistance

    Just a reminder that the Abrigo Centre is open, yes open and staff members are working virtually or by telephone to assist our clients. With the Fall 2021 now upon us, COVID-19 positive cases continue to remain high in our province.

    Our decision to continue to work virtually is designed to help keep our staff members, clients and volunteers healthy and safe at this time. Our office remains closed to walk-in clients and no in-person counselling sessions are being scheduled at the moment.

    However, if you need assistance, please call us at 416-534-3434 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and one of our highly trained counsellors will return your call. All our clients are receiving the help and assistance they need.

    As we continue to soldier on through this pandemic, please remain vigilant and safe and we will get through this difficult time together. If you still need to get your first or second COVID-19 vaccination please call us at 416-534-3434 and our incredible Vaccine Engagement Team will assist you to get your shot.

  • Abrigo's Annual General Meeting is Sept. 29, 2021

    15 September 2021 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    AGM Goes Virtual Again This Year

    Abrigo will hold our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, September 29th at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom. We encourage everyone to register for this special event. Community support is vital to the stability and growth of our agency. We encourage everyone to register and join us for this important yearly event. Please see our poster below for all the details. We look forward to seeing you there.

  • Abrigo Continues Summer of Successful COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

    13 September 2021 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    118 Clients Get Their First or Second Dose at Latest Event

    As part of our Vaccine Engagement Activities within the City of Toronto's York, Weston Pelham cluster, Abrigo held its fourth COVID-19 Pop-Up Clinic on Friday, September 10 at Casa das Beiras Community Centre.

    As special thank you to our co-host, the office of Deputy Mayor Ana Bailao and our friends at Toronto Public Health for all their efforts to ensure our community gets vaccinated.

    Over the course of the four pop-up clinics, Abrigo has helped vaccinate 463 individuals from primarily the Portuguese-speaking community. Watch for additional clinics in the coming weeks.

    Sept. 10, 2021 event at Casa das Beiras Community Centre

    August 20, 2021

    Our amazing volunteer / event partner Marlene Araujo

    Inaugural July 9th event at the Abrigo Centre!

  • Back to School Tips

    03 September 2021 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Abrigo Takes a Look at How You Can Ease Your Child Back into the Swing of School

    In this month's submission to Discover Magazine Abrigo's CDI Team Lead Valeria Sales gives parents a number of highly effective tips to ensure their children have a smooth transition back to school. Read more about how you can mitigate children's fears and anxieties here: https://www.magazinediscover.com/2021/09/a-parents-guide-to-returning-to-school/?fbclid=IwAR2N90EMX-eQN8qss3uuQv5-02UeGDi3IKwHrNa_x0Gk5MP5jLk1zFfNsMU

  • Circle August 20th on Your Calendar for the Next Abrigo Vaccination Clinic

    13 August 2021 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Councillor Ana Bailao will co-host with Abrigo at Casa das Beiras Community Centre

    The Abrigo Centre will be hosting another COVID-19 Vaccination Pop-Up Clinic on Friday, August 20, 2021 at Casa das Beiras Community Centre from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This is a by-appointment-only clinic so please call us at 416-534-3434 to book your appointment or call one of the other numbers listed on the poster.

    With the COVID-19 numbers and positivity rate rising, it is imperative that all those who need their first or second shot get the vaccine as soon as possible. Doing so may save your life.

  • The Hidden Cost of the Pandemic

    06 August 2021 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    COVID-19 has impacted fundraising across Canada and that can disrupt the services provided to clients

    Abrigo's August submission to Discover Magazine takes a look at how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted fundraising at the Abrigo Centre and charities across Canada.

    For some of the smaller charities, the results have been devastating and others are barely surviving as the pandemic lingers across the country.

    Read more about this important issue here: https://www.magazinediscover.com/2021/08/the-unseen-cost-of-the-pandemic/?fbclid=IwAR1GCpjelkcXG_ywRNq0-S3AI0dPuTYv_w4N-VGMzmzelUu97WGD_0WK2Nk

  • Abrigo Co-Hosts COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic on Friday, July 30

    23 July 2021 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Deputy Mayor Ana Bailao and Casa do Alentejo Partners with Abrigo to Vaccinate Portuguese-Language Community

    Abrigo will be hosting our second COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Friday, July 30th from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Casa do Alentejo Community Centre in Toronto. This is a by-appointment-only event so if you need your first or second vaccine please call us at 416-534-3434.

    One way to keep you and your family safe is to get vaccinated. We hope to see you there!

  • Abrigo Hosts COVID-19 Pop-up Clinic

    09 July 2021 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Vaccinating the Portuguese Community

    On July 8 the Abrigo Centre held our first by-appointment-only COVID-19 vaccine pop-up clinic for our clients and volunteers. We were delighted with the turnout as 131 individuals got their first or second dose. A special thank you to Toronto Public Health, Toronto Fire Services and the Toronto Paramedic Services who provided this important care to our extended Abrigo family. The team that came out was amazing! Thank you again!

    A special thank you as well to Abrigo's Vaccine Engagement Team Ambassador Lead Matthew Correia and Resident Ambassador Tania Barbosa who spearheaded this effort and all the other staff members and volunteers who helped keep the entire day running smoothly.

    Please remember to get your vaccination, it will help protect you and keep you as safe as possible.

  • Abrigo's PAR Program Delivering Service In-person or Virtually

    07 July 2021 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    The Benefits of Virtual Counselling Are Many

    Social service agencies across Canada have been forced to turn to virtual counselling longer than expected because of the extended lock-down caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This story in Discover Magazine, penned by Abrigo's Executive Director Ed Graca, examines the positive attributes that virtual counselling provides to clients in Abrigo's Partner Assault Response (PAR) program. Read more about this important program here: https://www.magazinediscover.com/2021/07/abrigos-partner-assault-response-program-finds-its-footing-in-person-or-virtual/

  • Toronto Portuguese SDA Church Donation Feeds Abrigo Clients in Need

    17 June 2021 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Pastor Bill Santos' Leadership Making a Difference!

    Pastor Bill Santos and the congregation of the Toronto Portuguese SDA Church recently provided a huge donation of non-perishable food to Abrigo to help our clients in need.

    All together, 22 individuals and families will have a well-stocked pantry this week because of the generosity of Pastor Bill and his flock.

    Food insecurity is a real and challenging issue for so many Abrigo clients. We thank Pastor Bill and the other members of the church for making a huge difference for so many within our community.

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