• Abirgo is closed on Family Day

    16 February 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Annual Family Day Holiday Closure on February 19

    Please note that the Abrigo Centre will be closed on Monday, February 19, 2018 for the annual Family Day Holiday.

    Our office will reopen on Tuesday, February 20 at 9:00 a.m.

    Thank you and enjoy the long weekend!

  • Abrigo Holiday Schedule

    21 December 2017 / Uncategorized / Comments Off

    Holiday Season brings with it the annual Abrigo closure

    Please be aware that the Abrigo Centre will be closed from Monday, December 25, 2017 through to Monday, January 1, 2018. Our agency will reopen for business on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

    Thank you for your support this year.

    The Board and Staff of the Abrigo Centre wish you and your family a safe and happy Holiday Season!!

  • Spend the Night in Rio on March 3, 2018

    19 December 2017 / Uncategorized / Comments Off

    One Night in Rio will bring the Brazilian city life in Toronto

    It may be a chilly evening on Saturday, March 3, 2018 but it will be running hot inside the Gerry Gallagher Hall at the headquarters of LiUNA Local 183 as the Abrigo Centre's annual Imagine the Possibilities Gala - One Night In Rio heats up the night with our signature fundraising event of the year.

    The Abrigo Centre is bringing the Brazilian culture to life this year with "One Night in Rio". The evening will feature the food, music, dancing and culture of Brazil while raising funds for Abrigo program and service improvements.

    Tickets for the third consecutive year remain at an affordable $80 each and are now on sale. Sponsorship opportunities are available between $1,250 to $5,000. For more information or to purchase your tickets or corporate sponsorship table please call Gerald Luciano, Manager, Fundraising and Communications, at 416-534-3434 ext. 247 or by email at

    Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you there!

  • New Elevator Unveiled at Grand Opening Ceremony

    01 December 2017 / Uncategorized / Comments Off

    Over 100 clients and guests celebrate a milestone moment in Abrigo's history

    On Thursday, November 30th Abrigo marked the official Grand Opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of our new elevator. It was a historic and memorable afternoon for more than 100 guests, clients and dignitaries on hand for the event.

    Davenport MPP Cristina Martins, LiUNA Local 183 Business Manager Jack Oliveira and Local 183 Secretary Treasurer Luis Camara were on hand to congratulate members of Abrigo’s Life and Hope seniors program who have long awaited an elevator’s arrival and applaud Abrigo’s move into providing full accessibility for their clients.

    “Our government is helping Davenport celebrate Ontario 150 in a way that brings our community closer together. The completion of this elevator will ensure that seniors in Davenport will be able to participate in the community at the Abrigo Centre, and live active and engaged lives,” said Cristina Martins, MPP for Davenport.

    Although Abrigo received financial support from a number of individuals and organizations, the event highlighted the leadership philanthropy provided by the membership of LiUNA Local 183 and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

    “This is a significant milestone in Abrigo’s history and will now allow all our clients easy access to the programing and services available on our second floor,” said Ed Graca, Abrigo’s Executive Director. “The impact of the donation from LiUNA Local 183 and the grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation cannot be underestimated. Their financial support has made this elevator possible. We can now accommodate everyone with mobility issues and serve our community better.”

    An agency of the Government of Ontario, The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities.

    Abrigo wants to also thank all the other donors who contributed to the new elevator. Each donation, whether it was big or small, made a difference. Thank you!

    Finally, thank you to Jack's Bakery for providing the wonderful food and desserts, to our dignitaries who made the trip to Abrigo and to all our guests yesterday for attending this special event. We hope it will be an experience you will long remember.

    Abrigo is now fully accessible, enjoy our new elevator!

  • Today is #GivingTuesdayCA

    28 November 2017 / Uncategorized / Comments Off

    Please help support Abrigo in our quest to acquire 100 new chairs for the Life and Hope Group

    For most people, participation in Abrigo’s Life and Hope seniors program provides a welcome relief from the loneliness they often feel in an empty house or apartment. Being with peers in a comfortable and safe environment is appealing on many levels.

    Six years ago, the Life and Hope program received a donation of used chairs from a generous local business. However, after such a significant period, most are showing considerable wear and tear and multiple others have broken and been discarded. Regularly, a few approach becoming danger for our clients.

    As a result, Abrigo is urgently looking to purchase 100 well-made comfortable chairs to replace those still in use. Please lend your support to the women and men who turn to Abrigo each week to learn, grow and find companionship with their peers. Your gift of $40 will purchase one chair. An $80 donation will purchase two and so on. Any gift amount will go toward purchasing a new chair.

    Make your secure donation now by simply clicking on the blue "Donate Now" button in the top right corner of this or any page.

    The safety and comfort of our clients is a priority. Today is Giving Tuesday, a movement designed to celebrate giving to others and supporting local charities. Your support will directly assist our clients. Please help us reach our 100-chair goal on this special day.

    Thank you for your generosity and support!

  • Giving Tuesday is November 28th

    16 November 2017 / Uncategorized / Comments Off

    Abrigo is taking part in Giving Tuesday for a second year

    Giving Tuesday is now just under two weeks away. You've heard about the shopping frenzy caused by Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but Giving Tuesday is an online opportunity to support local charities that make a difference in your community.

    This year the Abrigo Centre we will be raising funds online for our seniors Life and Hope Group. With almost 200 registered members, Abrigo's second floor hall is regularly filled with music, laughter and activity. Six years ago Abrigo received donated chairs for use in that program, however ongoing wear and tear has left many of those chairs in poor condition and a number have been discarded as a result.

    The comfort and safety of our clients is a priority. As a result, Abrigo hopes to raise $4,000 this year on Giving Tuesday to purchase 100 new chairs for our seniors group. On Tuesday November 28th please support this urgent initiative. You can safely and securely give online by clicking on the CanadaHelps Donate Now button on the top right of each Abrigo page on this website.

    Thank you for your support!

  • Abrigo is closed on Thanksgiving Monday

    06 October 2017 / Uncategorized / Comments Off

    Please be aware that the Abrigo Centre will be closed on Monday, October 9, 2017 for the Thanksgiving Monday Holiday. Abrigo will reopen on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

    Thank you and enjoy the long weekend.

  • Education, advocacy & three new Board members added at AGM

    29 September 2017 / Uncategorized / Comments Off

    Advocacy tips for your child's education highlights special presentation

    The Abrigo Centre held its 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday, September 28, at Casa do Alentejo in Toronto. After a reception filled with a fine assortment of Portuguese style appetizers, Abrigo Board Chair Humberto Carolo welcomed the approximately 60 guests to this year’s event.

    Among the many highlights was a moment to recognize the retirement of Michael Borrelli from the Board of Directors after serving the maximum six year period. Abrigo Executive Director Ed Graça extended special praise to Michael for his diligent watch over the agencies finances during his time served. Abrigo also welcomed three new members to the Board of Directors: Paula Medeiros, Ruth Fernandes and Matthew Correia.

    Dignitaries in attendance included Cristina Martins, MPP Davenport, Caitlin Hancey, Ministry of the Attorney General and Rubaiyat Karim from the United Way Toronto & York Region.

    After the AGM’ s formalities, select members of the Portuguese-Speaking Advisory Committee of the Toronto Catholic District School Board delivered a special presentation on advocacy and education. Specifically, the committee works to advance equitable education practices that are responsive to the diverse needs of Portuguese-speaking or students of Portuguese-speaking ancestry. The group outlined the progress they have made since forming in 2012, some of the challenges students face today and new initiatives going forward. A lively discussion followed the formal presentation with a variety of questions provided by an engaged audience.

    It was clear that parents in the audience now have a much better idea of how the advisory committee works with the school Board and how to advocate for their child.

  • Abrigo's Annual General Meeting is Sept. 28th

    26 September 2017 / Uncategorized / Comments Off

    Casa do Alentejo is the site for this year's event

    Here is a final reminder that Abrigo's Annual General Meeting will be held Thursday, September 28, 2017 at Casa do Alentejo, 1130 Dupont St. in Toronto. A Reception kicks-off the event starting at 5:30 p.m. with the formal meeting starting at 6:00 p.m.

    Afterward, there will be a special presentation on Advocacy and Education by the Portuguese-Speaking Advisory Committee working with the trustees and staff of the Toronto Catholic District School Board. The group focuses on advancing equitable education practices that are responsive to the diverse needs of Portuguese-speaking students or students of Portuguese-speaking ancestry.

    Light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!

  • An Uprising of Care

    18 September 2017 / Uncategorized / Comments Off

    Abrigo attends the 2017 United Way Toronto & York Region campaign launch

    The atrium of the Sony Centre in downtown Toronto was the site of the 2017 United Way Toronto & York Region campaign launch. The goal for this year's campaign is $103 million.

    The theme is an Uprising of Care and the Abrigo Centre is delighted to participate once again in this very important initiative. Watch for more information on our fundraising endeavors in the coming weeks.

    United Way Toronto & York Region President & CEO Daniele Zanotti

    Toronto Mayor John Tory

    2017 Campaign Chair Dean Connor

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