• 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.

  • International Women's Day 2018

    09 March 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Abrigo Holds First Large Scale Event Off-Site

    Thank you to all our 200 guests and community partners from across Davenport for attending Abrigo's annual International Women's Day event on Thursday, March 8. This year was the first that Abrigo held our free IWD event off-site and we were delighted to hold it at the wonderful Casa do Alentejo in Toronto.

    This celebration would not have been possible without the financial support of the province of Ontario through a Multicultural Community Capacity Grant from the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. Thank you to Davenport MPP Cristina Martins for her contributions to making this event a reality.

    As well, Abrigo wishes to thank our event Presenting Sponsor Joe's NoFrills for their very generous support and our Commemorative Bag sponsor the law firm Azevedo and Nelson.

    The entire day was a celebration of women and attendees heard inspiring stories from a number of successful women including keynote speaker Suzy Soares, formerly of OMNI TV, Michelle Jorge, a lawyer with Jewell Radimisis Jorge, Gila Raposo, a Project Coordinator at West Neighbourhood House, Marina Britto, owner of MarinaSol Travel and finally Abrigo Board Chair and Executive Director of White Ribbon Humberto Carolo.

    In addition to the excellent remarks from our guest speakers, attendees were treated to some great entertainment including performances by singer Lidia Sousa and an afternoon performance by the great Tony Gouveia.

  • 2018 Gala Raises $62,000 for Abrigo

    07 March 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    March 3rd Event Raises a Record Amount for Client Programs

    The Abrigo Centre 2018 Imagine the Possibilities Gala saw 345 guests raise a record $62,000 for program and service improvements to the agency.

    In a night filled with Brazilian-themed food, music and culture, "One Night in Rio" proved to be an overwhelming success. Along with record breaking attendance and dollars raised, the event feature an incredible array of Brazilian entertainment including a rousing kick-off from Batucada Carioca, a dynamic and heart-stopping performance from the Axe Capoeira Toronto and the stylish sounds of Banda ZucaTuga featuring Luanda Jones.

    Thank you to all our sponsors including Presenting Sponsor LiUNA Local 183, Platinum Sponsor LiUNA OPDC and Signature Sponsor Viana Roofing and Sheetmetal. The annual support of our sponsors makes this event a reality and makes a true difference for our clients. For a list of all our sponsors please visit our Events page.

  • Abrigo Celebrates International Women's Day

    28 February 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Casa do Alentejo is the Site for this Year's Event on Thursday, March 8th

    The Abrigo Centre will host its largest ever International Women’s Day celebration on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Case do Alentejo Community Centre in Toronto. The event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This will be the first time that Abrigo has celebrated this annual worldwide event outside its own walls.

    The day will raise awareness, inspire and educate women on relevant social, financial and wellness issues while also providing an entertaining experience. We have assembled a stimulating line-up of guest speakers that will energize and empower individuals to learn, grow, change behaviors or change our community.

    All programming will done in Portuguese.

    The Abrigo Centre has been a cornerstone of social support for the west-end Toronto community for the last 28 years. With a solid base of clients and supporters, Abrigo will extend its reach to invite members of other community organizations and clubs to attend the event. We anticipate that at approximately 200 women from our community will enjoy the experience in friendly, comfortable setting.

    If you would like to attend, please register by calling 416-534-3434.

  • Abrigo Gala is Sat. March 3rd

    26 February 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    350 Guests Expected to Attend Annual Fundraiser

    Abrigo's annual Imagine the Possibilities fundraising Gala will take place this Saturday, March 3rd at LiUNA Local 183's Gerry Gallagher Hall.

    It promises to be a spectacular night with a distinct Brazilian theme as the event is subtitled "One Night in Rio". Among the entertainers that evening include Batucada Carioca Samba Band, a high energy performance by Axe Capoeira Toronto and finally dancing well into the evening by Banda ZucaTuga featuring Luanda Jones.

    Last minute tickets are still available. Call 416-534-3434.

  • 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!

  • Donors Fund New Chairs for 2nd Floor

    20 January 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    On-line and Direct Mail Campaigns Result in New Chairs for Abrigo

    When Abrigo arrived at its current location, it received a donation of used chairs from a generous local business. After six plus years most chairs showed significant wear and tear and multiple others broke and were discarded. At times, some approached being a danger for clients and many were still in use up until recently.

    So the need to purchase new chairs was real and immediate and Abrigo took action toward the end of 2017. As part of November's Giving Tuesday on-line fundraising campaign and Abrigo's holiday season direct response program, $4,000 was raised by donors to Abrigo to purchase 100 new chairs for the organization.

    "We were delighted to have so many donors and friends of Abrigo step up and support this mini-campaign," said Ed Graca, Executive Director of the Abrigo Centre. "The impact of having safe, comfortable chairs for clients is significant given that they are used for six or seven hours each day, three days a week. We thank all those that made a gift to this worthy cause."

    With more than 200 registered members and growing, Abrigo's Group Vida e Esperança or Life and Hope Seniors Group, are the primary beneficiaries. The group offers clients a welcome relief from the loneliness they often may feel in an empty house or apartment. Being with peers in a comfortable and safe environment is something that creates a sense of belonging and that makes this program particularly attractive to seniors in the Portuguese speaking community.

    New chairs for our clients in the Life and Hope group make a tremendous difference. Thank you for your support!

    Some of the new chairs awaiting delivery to the second floor.

    Safe and comfortable chairs now in use by our clients!

  • 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!!

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