• Abrigo is Open But Only Offering Services Virtually

    13 January 2021 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

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

    The Abrigo Centre is open and staff members are working virtually by telephone to assist our clients. This practice is designed to help keep our staff members, clients and volunteers healthy and safe during this January 2021 rise in COVID-19 cases. Our office remains closed to walk-in clients and no in-person counselling sessions are being scheduled at the moment.

    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.

    The 2021 New Year has seen a rapid growth of COVID-19 cases. Please remain vigilant and safe and we will get through this difficult time together.

  • April Means Tax Time

    08 April 2021 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Filing a return for some Abrigo clients means a windfall in benefits

    Not only does April signal the start of nicer weather, it's also the unofficial launch of tax season. In this month's submission to Discover Magazine, Abrigo Centre's Valeria Sales gives one example of how filing your taxes can actually lead to a financial windfall.

    Please read Abrigo's article this month on the importance of filing your taxes and how to get some additional help, if needed, to get your return in by the April 30th deadline:

  • Abrigo Closed for Long Easter Weekend

    01 April 2021 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Traditional Four Day Closure Again This year

    Abrigo will be closed (virtually) again this year over the long four-day Easter weekend, Friday, April 2 through Monday, April 5.

    As you know our doors have been closed to seeing clients in-person since the late fall but our counsellors continue to help individuals and families virtually over the phone or through Zoom or Teams meetings.

    Please know that our agency will reopen virtually on Tuesday, April 6 at 9:00 a.m. You can reach us at 416-534-3434. Please continue to follow all COVID-19 mitigation protocols and stay safe everyone!

  • COVID-19 Vaccination Update

    30 March 2021 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Please Get Vaccinated When It's Your Turn

    The City of Toronto is now accepting those 70 and older at any of their vaccination clinics.

    You can book an appointment at immunization clinics in Toronto using the Province’s vaccination registration system (note browser requirements) or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Information Line at 1-888-999-6488 (TTY 1-866-797-0007).

    You can find a clinic here:

    Starting April 1, 2021, select pharmacies across the province are booking appointments for AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines for eligible people ages 55 or older in 2021. Please contact a major pharmacy near you to see if they are offering this service or to book an appointment.

    For more information please visit the City of Toronto's website:

  • The Contributing Factors to Suicide Can Be Treated

    04 March 2021 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Abrigo's Monthly Contribution to Discover Magazine Looks at Preventing Suicide

    Cidalia Pereira, the Abrigo Centre's Supervisor, Counselling Services, examines how parents, friends and colleagues can assist those dealing with depression and having suicidal thoughts.

    Read more about this in this month's Discover Magazine:

  • International Women's Day Arrives March 8

    03 March 2021 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Will You #ChooseToChallenge?

    Marked annually on March 8th, International Women’s Day is one of the most important days on our calendar that reflects on the achievements and progress made by women worldwide and documents how far we still need to go to create change and achieve gender equality.

    It’s a day we celebrate all acts of courage and determination that extraordinary women have exhibited in the history of their countries and communities. It’s also a day to raise awareness about women’s equality and to reflect on important changes that must be made regarding the many archaic patriarchal standards that are still being imposed and performed by a host of different cultures. 

    The campaign theme for International Women's Day 2021, is #ChooseToChallenge. In other words, chose to challenge outdated norms be it personal or social and incite change that makes a difference.

    Chose to challenge yourself and create your own history. If everyone could change some small thing within yourself to make a better world, together we can create a new and more equal society. 

    After this devasting time with social isolation due to the COVID-19, we would like you to reflect about…

    1. What are the lessons and changes that this period has brought to you? 
    2. How can you challenge yourself this year to make a personal or societal change?
    3. How can you contribute to a gender equal society? 

    So, let's all #ChooseToChallenge!

    Additional resources:

    International Women’s Day:

    Status of Women Canada:

    United Nations:

  • A Look Behind the Numbers

    04 February 2021 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Abrigo's latest submission to Discover Magazine

    The Abrigo Centre's Manager, Fundraising and Communications, Gerry Luciano takes us on a personal examination of the reality that each client, and their story, is far more complex than a simple reported statistic.

    Please take a look at this month's submission in Discover Magazine:

  • The Digital Divide: Technology Barriers A Reality For Clients and Staff

    06 January 2021 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Abrigo counsellors working digitally face challenges with clients without technology

    Abrigo counsellor Marta Santos works with her clients virtually on daily basis because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The days of in-person sessions disappeared mid-March 2020.

    What has been clear over the last 10 months is that some Abrigo clients do not have the digital technology - a cellphone, laptop, iPad or even an email address - they need to scrape by in the digital world. This creates challenges for both the client and the counsellor.

    Learn more about this issue and some solutions to the problem in Ms. Santos' article published in the January issue of Discover Magazine:

  • 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.

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