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  • Abrigo Closed on August 5th

    01 August 2019 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Just a reminder that Abrigo will be closed on the Monday Civic Holiday. Our office will reopen on Tuesday, August 6 at 9:00 a.m. Thank you and have an enjoyable and safe holiday weekend.

  • Imagine the Possibilities Gala Raises $70,000 for Abrigo Centre

    08 June 2019 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    "Lisboa Encantada" electrifies attendees at 2019 gala

    With the help of our corporate sponsors, generous suppliers and over 380 guests, the Abrigo Centre raised a record $70,000 at this year's Imagine the Possibilities Gala. The event, themed "Enchanted Lisbon", was held on Saturday, April 6 in the Gerry Gallagher Hall at LiUNA Local 183.

    The success of this year's event in grounded in the support of our generous corporate sponsors. Leading the way for the fourth consecutive year is our Presenting Sponsor, LiUNA Local 183. Our thanks to Business Manager Jack Oliveira and the entire membership of Local 183 for their continued undying support. Abrigo would be remiss without acknowledging the annual generous contributions made by our Signature Sponsor Viana Roofing & Sheetmetal Ltd. and its President Manual DaCosta. Each year Mr. DaCosta goes above and beyond in his philanthropic support of the Abrigo Centre. Thank you. Finally, we should recognize the outstanding support provided by our Platinum Sponsor LiUNA OPDC,  Dinner Sponsor the Canadian Council of Construction Unions and the 12 other corporate sponsors of this event.

    Thank you to our performers the Nancy Walker Jazz Trio, fadistas Teresa Santos, Jennifer Bettencourt and guitarists Valdemar Mejdoubi and Nuno Cristo. As well, thank you to DJ Vinay Lakhani for getting everyone on the dance floor after the evening's formalities were wrapped up.

    A final thank you to our Masters of Ceremonies Adriana Marques and Francisco Pegado of Camoes Radio & TV and the amazing crew at Most Excellent Productions for their tremendous generosity and continue partnership with the Abrigo Centre. As well. thank you to Stella Jurgen of 17 Designs for all her amazing work on all the design elements of this year's event.

    Highlites of the event can be found in this story from Camoes TV. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eF2YRmS-WE8

    Nancy Walker Jazz Trio

    Manuel DaCosta, Viana Roofing & Sheetmetal & Lena Barreto, Abrigo Board of Directors

    Jennifer Bettencourt

    Teresa Santos

    Vinay Lakhani

  • Abrigo is Closed on Monday, May 20th

    17 May 2019 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Victoria Day long weekend closing

    The Abrigo Centre will be closed on Monday, May 20, 2019 for the Victoria Day holiday. The agency will re-open on Tuesday, May 21 at 9:00 a.m.

    Please be safe and enjoy the long weekend!

  • Abrigo Celebrates Mother's Day with Annual Fete

    14 May 2019 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Guest performer Lidia Sousa serenades clients

    An annual tradition, the Abrigo Mother's Day party for our clients in the seniors Life and Hope group never fails to draw a huge gathering and provide a lot of fun, music and laughter for all in attendance.

    On Thursday, May 9 Abrigo was happy to have singer Lidia Sousa join us this year to provide the entertainment for the afternoon. Thank you Lidia!

    Abrigo hopes all the Moms in our community had a Happy Mother's Day on Sunday. Thank you all for your support.

  • United Way Greater Toronto Spring Day of Caring

    08 May 2019 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    CIBC Visits Abrigo

    At the spring United Way Greater Toronto Day of Caring held on May 7th the Abrigo Centre had the pleasure of hosting a wonderful group from the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC). It was great to have such an enthusiastic team ready to make a difference for the seniors in our Life and Hope program.

    Whether it was a spring cleaning of our outdoor deck, preparing lunch for our clients or tearing down a theatre set, our friends from CIBC made a significant mark on Abrigo for the day.

    A sincere thank you to each CIBC staff member who helped make a difference in their community!

  • Abrigo Play Examines Elder Abuse

    16 April 2019 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    The clients of the Abrigo Centre are proud to perform a second showing of our play about seniors abuse. Among the topics covered include emotional, physical and emotional abuse.

    This event is open to the public and will take place on Sunday, April 28 at 2:00 pm.

    For more information, please see the poster below.

  • Abrigo Celebrates 2019 International Women's Day

    08 March 2019 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    This year we #BalanceforBetter

    Happy International Women's Day everyone!

    Celebrations are held all over the world and here at Abrigo, we are no different. Each year we recognize the amazing achievements of the women in our community and those of our clients and volunteers.

    Almost 100 Abrigo clients gathered yesterday to celebrate #IWD2019. It was a great event that included a fabulous client fashion show.

    Thank you to all who volunteered to make this day special, the vendors who attended to provide hair, nail and makeup services and to our clients for making the afternoon memorable.

  • New Art Therapy Program Opens at Abrigo

    05 March 2019 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Clients from Abrigo and UHN Learning and Growing Together

    Client working on her latest painting

    In January Abrigo was proud to start an Art Therapy program in association with our friends at University Health Network.

    Both UHN and Abrigo clients are using our space twice a month on Tuesday mornings. Participants of all skill levels learn, paint and grow as people together.

    Class instructor, Mr. Antonio Louvato, has led the UHN program for a number of years and Abrigo is delighted that he is donating his time and energy to assist Abrigo clients here as well.

    A sincere thank you to Mr. Louvato and all the participants for taking part in this new and exciting initiative

  • Abrigo Seniors Creating Play to Address Elder Abuse

    04 February 2019 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    New Horizons grant provides funding for multi-layered project

    Abrigo recently received a Service Canada - New Horizons for Seniors Grant to document the process of creating a short series of stage scenes demonstrating the various forms of elder abuse.

    Abrigo has started filming the rehearsals of “Digna Idade” and doing interviews with the cast and other Abrigo clients. Cast members were interviewed to share their experiences and relay what they have learned from this process.

    We will record the journey of the actors and ultimately the final product for the next two months. Watch for both the play (coming to Abrigo and other agencies) and a video to be released later this spring.

  • Holiday Season Giving

    24 December 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Support the Abrigo Centre through an online donation

    The Holiday Season is a time of giving. It can take the form of giving a present to a friend or loved one or giving back to the community that serves us all. More specifically, you can give to the Abrigo Centre as we continue our mission to help and protect women and children who are facing domestic abuse.

    If you would like to support the Abrigo Centre now to take advantage of a tax receipt for the 2108 calendar year, you can give safely and securely online through our partner CanadaHelps.

    Simply click on the "Donate Now" button at the top right on any web page and you'll be able to give your gift directly to Abrigo. Help make a difference for the 6,500 clients in all our programs that we serve each year. Make your gift before year-end to get a 2018 tax receipt.

    Thank you for your support!

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