• BMO Volunteer Day 2018

    12 June 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    BMO Volunteers Assist with the Life and Hope Group

    The Abrigo Centre was honored to welcome six BMO staff members during their annual BMO Volunteer Day with us. This year the group provided assistance to our Life and Hope seniors group. From food prep to cleaning to gardening and dancing, each BMO volunteer played a big part in making it a special day for our clients.

    A sincere thank you to all the BMO employees who came to Abrigo and made a difference for our community!

  • Portugal Day Parade 2018

    11 June 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Sunshine and Smiles Fills Portugal Day Parade Route

    It was the Abrigo Centre's pleasure to participate once again in ACAPO's wonderful 31st annual LiUNA Portugal Day Parade.

    With a large gathering of clients and staff, a truck beautifully decorated, and our DJ Paulo Luis pumping out the music, it was a winning combination for both participants and spectators.

    Thank you to all the sponsors and the other participating organizations and groups for making this another terrific event. Special recognition should go out to the ACAPO leadership and committee members for all their hard work in making this annual event a highlight of the Abrigo year.

  • Abrigo Receives $25,000 Donation from PCWOF

    10 June 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Abrigo one of three charities to receive generous gift

    The Abrigo Centre was honored to receive a $25,000 donation from the Portuguese Canadian Walk of Fame (PCWOF) on Saturday, June 9th following their annual induction ceremony at Camoes Square.

    PCWOF Committee Chairman Mr. Manuel DaCosta presented the cheque to Abrigo Centre's Executive Director Ed Graca at the Mod Club during the post-induction ceremony gala. Also on hand to receive donations were the Luso Canadian Charitable Society and Famous People Players.

    Abrigo extends its sincere thanks to Mr. DaCosta and all the other members of the PCWOF Committee for their belief in the work Abrigo does daily to assist more than 6,500 women, men and children in our community every year.

    Thank you as well to all the sponsors of this year's event for your support!

  • Portugal Day Flag-Raising Ceremony 2018

    08 June 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Toronto Deputy Mayor Ana Bailao and the Alliance of Portuguese Clubs and Associations of Ontario host annual event.

    On Thursday, June 7th staff members and clients in Abrigo's Life and Hope seniors group enjoyed the annual Portugal Day Flag-Raising Ceremony at Nathan Philips Square presented by the Alliance of Portuguese Clubs and Associations of Ontario (ACAPO) and Toronto Deputy Mayor Ana Bailao.

    It was a beautiful day to enjoy this important cultural event and our thanks go out to the organizers for putting together a wonderful presentation again this year.

  • Lusogolf Fundraising Tournament

    29 May 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Annual Event Helps Support Abrigo

    The Abrigo Centre was honored to participate once again at the annual Lusogolf Fundraising Golf Tournament held on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at the lovely Caledon Golf Club.

    Each year this tournament raises funds for a number of important initiatives, first and foremost providing student bursaries to worthy candidates as well as assisting other local charitable organizations like the Abrigo Centre.

    The great weather and lush layout of the course made for an excellent day of golf. With a sold out field of more than 150 golfers all vying for the lowest score, the most important number was the money raised from the event.

    Abrigo would like to thank Lusogolf Fundraising Inc. Committee Chair Enir Bassani, (pictured centre) Treasurer Joe Silva and all the other Committee members for their generous support of our agency. The annual commitment they demonstrate truly makes a difference for Abrigo clients. Thank you!

  • Abrigo closed on Victoria Day Monday

    17 May 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Annual Holiday Closure on May 21st

    The Abrigo Centre will be closed for the Victoria Day Monday holiday, May 21st. We will reopen on Tuesday, May 22 at 9:00 a.m.

    Wishing you and your family members a safe and happy holiday.

  • 2018 United Way Day of Caring

    11 May 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Mastercard Canada volunteers help out during seniors Mother's Day High Tea event

    The Abrigo Centre was honoured to host three volunteers from Mastercard Canada who took part in the this year's United Way Day of Caring event which was held on Thursday, May 10th. This was the second year for Abrigo to participate in this special day. It gives staff members from local and national corporations the opportunity to volunteer with a social service agency aligned with the United Way.

    Thank you to our new friends Laura, Stephanie and Danai from Mastercard Canada for spending the day with the seniors in our Life and Hope group. The group was holding it's annual Mother's Day High Tea that day so our special volunteers spent a significant amount of time helping to prepare a special meal for 100 program participants.

    We hope all our clients had a wonderful time at this great event and we also extend our thanks to the volunteers from Mastercard Canada for giving back to the community. It was great to have you join us. Thank you!

  • Abrigo Celebrates National Volunteer Week

    20 April 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Annual Appreciation Event Welcomes 80 Volunteers

    On Thursday, April 19th the Abrigo Centre had the honour and privilege to recognize the incredible achievements of our many dedicated volunteers. The evening was our opportunity to offer a sincere "thank you" to over 100 individuals who regularly make a positive impact on the lives of our clients in all the programs we offer.

    "You, our volunteers, give Abrigo the greatest of all possible gifts: your time and energy. And you give it when our lives are often filled with significant time demands, said Valeria Sales, Volunteer Coordinator for Abrigo. "Volunteers are the life-force of any social service agency. Abrigo cannot do all the things we do on a daily basis without your assistance."

    The evening featured great food, music and the unveiling of a new plaque on the first floor by the Reception Desk that will recognize the efforts of those individuals who annually provide 300 hours of service or more to Abrigo.

    "Thank you for being there to talk to a senior or assist a newcomer. Thank you making lunch for our Life and Hope clients, leading an activity or helping someone with their passport or pension," said Ed Graca, Abrigo's Executive Director. "Volunteerism is a wonderful gift and we thank you each of you for playing an important part in the life and work of our agency."

    Thank you to everyone for attending and thank you to our generous sponsors Tavora Foods, Joe's NoFrills, Dufferin Mall, and Caledonia Bakery.

  • Abrigo is Closed for the Easter Long Weekend

    29 March 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Friday and Monday closing ahead

    Please note that the Abrigo Centre will be closed on Friday, March 30th and Monday, April 2nd for the Easter long weekend. The agency will reopen on Tuesday, April 3 at 9:00 a.m. We apologize for any inconvenience.

    The entire Abrigo team wishes you and safe and Happy Easter.

  • National Volunteer Week is April 15 - 21

    20 March 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Abrigo will Hold its Volunteer Appreciation Event on Thursday, April 19

    The life force for most of social service agencies are its volunteers. Without them, many agencies and organizations could not provide some essential services or deliver the exceptional care that they do.

    Abrigo is no different and each April gives this agency the opportunity to recognize the significant contributions our volunteers provide and say "thank you" for being an invaluable resource.

    Abrigo is holding this year's Volunteer Appreciation Event on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the second floor hall. "Annually this event allows us to recognize the numerous achievements of our volunteers and say thank you in a meaningful way," said Valeria Sales, Abrigo's Coordinator of Volunteer Services. "Abrigo typically has around 100 active volunteers each fiscal year and they contribute more than 15,000 hours to the life and work of the organization."

    All Abrigo volunteers are encouraged to attend this year's event. Watch for more information in the coming weeks on Abrigo's social media sites or contact Valeria Sales at 416-534-3434.

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