• An Uprising of Care

    18 September 2017 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    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

  • Brazilian Flag Raising Ceremony

    08 September 2017 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Abrigo in attendance at annual event

    Abrigo was honored to attend the Brazil Independence Day Flag Raising Ceremony on Friday, September 8th at City Hall in Toronto. Our thanks to City Councillor Ana Bailao, Davenport, and Consul General of Brazil in Toronto Ana Lelia Beninca for organizing another great event.

  • Service Alert: Abrigo will close at noon on Friday, Sept. 1

    31 August 2017 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Half day of service provided leading into long holiday weekend

    In advance of the Labour Day weekend, the Abrigo Centre will open at 9:00 a.m. but close at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, September 1, 2017. The centre will reopen under normal business hours on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

    Thank you in advance and we wish you a safe and happy holiday.

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

    28 August 2017 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Abrigo's AGM is set for Thursday, Sept. 28th at Casa do Alentejo

    Preparations are now well underway for Abrigo's 2017 Annual General Meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 28, 2017 at Casa do Alentejo, 1130 Dupont Street, Toronto.

    To kick the evening off a Reception will be held starting at 5:30 p.m. Lights refreshments will be served. At 6:00 p.m. the business portion of the event will begin. Among the items, the financial statement for the year ending March 31, 2017 will be reviewed, the report of the Chairperson delivered and there will be the election and confirmation of new members of the Board of Directors.

    Following will be a special presentation by the The Portuguese-Speaking Advisory Committee who works with the trustees and staff of the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) to advance equitable education practices that are responsive to the diverse needs of Portuguese-speaking students or students of Portuguese-speaking ancestry.

    Comprised of parents, students and members of the community, the group works to foster greater student achievement and success. This presentation will highlight progress since forming in 2012 and new initiatives for 2017-18.

    This is a free event and all are welcome. If you have any questions, please call 416-534-3434. Thank you.

  • Abrigo is closed Monday, August 7th

    03 August 2017 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Civic holiday the reason for the closure

    The Abrigo Centre will be closed on Monday, August 7, 2017 for the Simcoe Day civic holiday. We will reopen on Tuesday, August 8 at 9:00 a.m.

    We wish you a safe and enjoyable day with your family and loved ones!

  • Portuguese Canadian Walk of Fame donates to Abrigo

    01 August 2017 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Donation of $15,000 will support Abrigo's programs and services

    For the second consecutive year, the Portuguese Canadian Walk of Fame (PCWOF) Committee chose the Abrigo Centre as one of the benefiting charities from the funds raised at its annual gala, held this year on the last Saturday of May.

    Recently, a cheque presentation ceremony was held at Camoes Square in downtown Toronto and PCWOF Chair Mr. Manuel DaCosta presented Abrigo Executive Director Ed Graca with a cheque totaling $15,000. Also on hand for the event were a number of Abrigo clients who will benefit from the committee's generosity.

    Our sincere thanks goes out to Mr. DaCosta, Mr. Jose Eustaquio and all the other members of the PCWOF committee for their support.

  • Former Client Demonstrates His Support For Abrigo

    12 July 2017 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Belief in Abrigo Programming Helps Secure Donation

    Friend of the Abrigo Centre Richard Freire (left), an employee of Enterprise Holdings, presents a cheque for $1,500 from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation to Abrigo Counsellor Anderson Salvador. Mr. Freire, a former client, was the keynote speaker at Abrigo’s 2016 Imagine the Possibilities Gala.

    We thank Richard and the Enterprise Holdings Foundation for their generous support of our programs and services!

    You can safely and securely make an online donation through the Canada Helps button on the top right of each webpage. Thank you for your support.

  • Davenport Seniors Fair Celebrates Seniors Month

    26 June 2017 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Abrigo Centre was one of a number of organizations invited to the event by host MPP Cristina Martins

    Davenport MPP Cristina Martins held her first Davenport Seniors Fair, in celebration of Seniors Month in Ontario, for a full house of community-minded individuals at the lovely Casa do Alentejo on Thursday, June 22 . Forty-five members of Abrigo Centre's Life and Hope Educational and Recreational group enjoyed a day filled with information, music and dancing and great food.

    Abrigo was one of seven or eight different social service agencies in attendance at the event. All organizations in attendance reside in the Davenport riding and it was a great opportunity for clients to meet with other clients from agencies such as the First Portuguese Canadian Cultural Centre, Davenport Perth Neighbourhood Centre and the LA Centre for Active Living.

    The special guest speaker at the event was Dipika Damerla, Ontario's Minister of Seniors Affairs. Minister Damerla provided inspiring remarks about the importance of community and having agencies like Abrigo in them and she also answered a number of questions from attending guests.

    Our thanks go out to Cristina Martins and her dynamic team for inviting Abrigo to this event and delivering a great, informative time to everyone in attendance.

  • BMO Provides Breakfast to Life and Hope Clients

    23 June 2017 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Branch Managers from the Toronto West Region Cook Up Community Spirit

    Fifteen Branch Managers from BMO's Toronto West Region visited the Abrigo Centre on Tuesday, June 20th armed with a duel purpose. One, to feed members of Abrigo's Life and Hope Educational and Recreational group breakfast and two, share in the spirit of community and giving back.

    The personable and dynamic BMO team immediately connected with our seniors. Not only did they provide a wonderful breakfast they also had the chance to meet with and talk to our clients. They learned the value of having a growing community resource like our Seniors Program and how it makes a difference in the lives of individuals who would otherwise, often be alone and isolated.

    After breakfast was served a vigorous exercise session took place for all in attendance and as per usual, a full session of dancing took place on our second floor with our BMO guests fully participating in both traditional Portuguese folk dances and a little counrty and western line dancing to boot!

    It was a wonderful event and all our clients were truly grateful for the opportunity to share in sense of community with our friends from BMO. Special recognition to BMO Regional Vice President Paula Oliveira and St. Clair and Dufferin Branch Manager Fabien Panzarella for leading and organizing this special event.

    Thank you to the entire Toronto West BMO team!

  • 2017 Portuguese Canadian Walk of Fame

    31 May 2017 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Proceed Beneficiaries Include Abrigo

    The 5th annual Portuguese Canadian Walk of Fame (PCWOF) Gala Awards Dinner was held on Saturday, May 27 at the Famous People Players Theatre in Etobicoke. The Abrigo Centre is one of three benefiting charities receiving proceeds from this event.

    This year PCWOF Chair Manuel DaCosta, owner of Viana Roofing, and the other members of the organizing committee selected Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa, physicist Pedro Gil Vieira, and musician Antonio Amaro as the 2017 class of inductees.

    The three inductees were feted at ceremony at Camoes Square on College St. earlier in the afternoon. The scene quickly shifted to Famous People Players theatre were a fabulous dinner was had by all and guests got to enjoy both traditional Fado music and a theatre performance by the acclaimed Famous People Players group. In all, it was a fantastic evening of music, theatre, and education about the significant and groundbreaking work done by these three leaders in our community.

    Among the sponsors for the evening included New Canadians Lumber, LiUNA Local 183, Torcan Lift Equipment and Hallmark Housekeeping Services. Hallmark owner Mr. Manuel J. Clementino was inducted himself in 2016.

    Abrigo send our sincere thanks to Chair Manuel DaCosta, Mr. Jose M. Eustaquio, Davenport MPP Cristina Martins and the other members of the Portuguese Canadian Walk of Fame Committee for their generous support.

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