• Abrigo's office Remains Closed to Walk-in Clients but we Continue to Work Remotely to Assist You

    07 July 2020 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

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

    The Abrigo Centre remains closed to walk-in clients but our staff members are still helping clients virtually over the phone and are seeing a very limited number of "by appointment only" clients. This practice is designed to help keep our staff members, clients and volunteers healthy and safe.

    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.

    Thank you and please remain vigilant and safe.

  • OXALA Hosts Livestream Watch Party for Premier of New Short Film

    05 November 2020 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Circle Friday, November 13th on your calendar to watch 30/TRINTA - Live at The Burdock

    OXALA, the stage name of dynamic singer, songwriter Dianne Oliveira, will be hosting a watch party for her new short documentary “30/TRINTA – Live at The Burdock” streaming on Zoom on Friday, November 13 at 8:00 p.m.

    30/TRINTA is a behind-the-scenes, short film documenting the making of OXALA’s “LIVE at The Burdock” debut EP recorded at the beloved music venue Burdock Brewery in downtown Toronto.

    This is the third online fundraising activity OXALA has organized on behalf of Abrigo this fall. Viewers are encouraged to donate to the Abrigo Centre before or after they watch the film.

    One year ago, OXALA celebrated the release of her debut single "So Close" on her 30th birthday, performing to a packed house at the Burdock Music Hall. Cinematographer Owen Deveney captured OXALA in the days leading up to that performance and Editor Shane Preston masterfully assembled the footage to create a behind-the-scenes look at who OXALA is and how she prepares for a live show.

    “This year, live shows look a whole lot different,” says OXALA. “Please join me on Zoom for the official premiere of my new film on November 13th. Over the last few months, I’ve become passionate about the amazing work Abrigo does every day to help women facing abuse and other vulnerable populations in Toronto. In lieu of a ticket to this event, I hope everyone who watches the film can make a gift, no matter the size, to support a small organization that does big things to help seniors, youth, newcomers and women facing domestic violence.”

    The Zoom viewing party ID is 894 6775 9495. Please visit OXALA’s website for more event information.

  • Youth the Focus in Abrigo's November Discover Magazine Submission

    03 November 2020 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Abrgio's monthly column focuses on connecting virtually with local high school students

    Abrigo youth worker Teresa Emmanuel has a long history of working in local high schools talking to young people about healthy relationships and other issues relevant to teens. For Abrigo's November submission to Discover Magazine, Teresa talks about the work she is doing in a local school and how the young women she talks to each day are handling the stress and pressures of online learning, relationships and dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Please read her story in Discover Magazine here:

  • Next OXALA Benefit Livestream for Abrigo is coming on Sun. Oct. 25th

    16 October 2020 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Watch on Zoom or Heyoxala on Instagram

    OXALA, the stage moniker of breakout performer Dianne Oliveira, will be hosting “And Now in Portuguese” a bilingual livestream concert and benefit show celebrating her Portuguese roots on Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. on her HeyOXALA Instagram account and Zoom (meeting ID:889 4971 1874).

    Along with her guitarist Alan Kulka, the performance will draw on various musical styles including well known Portuguese and English Bossa Nova, Jazz, Pop and Fado songs. During the show OXALA will be performing, for the first time live, her new bilingual original “As Vozes de Nao” or “The Noise of No”.


    As with the rising star’s first livestream benefit event in support of Abrigo last month, in lieu of purchasing a ticket, viewers will be encouraged to financially support the Abrigo Centre. Donations can be made safely and securely at Abrigo’s website

    Now in its 30th year of operation, the Abrigo Centre, located in west-end Toronto, is a social service agency that assists over 6,500 clients each year with a primary focus on women who face domestic violence and abuse.

    “From their violence against women program, to their work with seniors, youth and newcomers, Abrigo does an outstanding job helping those in need in the Portuguese community and for local area residents,” says OXALA. “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, they’ve been open, available virtually, and a cornerstone of service assisting individuals and families during this difficult time.”

    Please visit OXALA’s website for more event information.

    Guitarist Alan Kulka and OXALA

  • In-Class or Virtual Schooling is the Question for Parents This Fall

    07 October 2020 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Abrigo Counsellor Luciana Pache de Faria covers this important question in our October Discover Magazine submission

    Every September parents can't wait for Labour Day to arrive and the return to school for their children. Obviously, this year is different and it was quite a stressful time as parents debated the merits and possible dangers of sending their kids back into schools around our city.

    Abrigo counsellor Luciana Pache de Faria examines all the options and all the struggles parents made to make the right decision on their children's future. Please read more about this important topic here:

  • First Alert Canada and Toronto Fire Services support Abrigo During Fire Prevention Week

    07 October 2020 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Donation of 100 fire alarms will go to our most vulnerable clients

    October 4 through October 10, 2020 is Fire Prevention Week in Ontario and Abrigo helped celebrate this important event by attending a special ceremony at Fire Station 345 on Dufferin St. in Toronto on Wednesday, October 7, 2020.

    Three local charities (including Abrigo) that provide outstanding support to their respected communities were recognized by First Alert Canada with a donation of 100 fire alarms each.

    Abrigo thanks First Alert Canada for their generous donation as well as Toronto Deputy Mayor Ana Bailao for her ongoing support of our agency and all the men and women of Toronto Fire Services who do a tremendous job day after day keeping us all safe and educating all local residents and children about fire prevention. Thank you!

    Ed Graca, Abrigo's Executive Director

  • Abrigo's AGM is October 29th - Become a Member Today

    25 September 2020 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Membership with Abrigo has its privileges!

    Being a member of the Abrigo Centre does have its privileges. For only $10 annually, membership allows you to vote on motions, approve annual financial statements and nominees to the Board of Directors.

    Community participation in the life and work of an agency like Abrigo is crucial to its success. To become a member please visit the Membership page on this website today.

    Please join us at Abrigo's virtual Annual General Meeting on Thursday, October 29 at 7:00 pm on Zoom. Please register to get the Zoom link and for more information. See the poster below for more details.

  • Abrigo is Hiring

    25 September 2020 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    We're looking for a Programs Manager/Clinical Supervisor

    Abrigo Centre is hiring for a Programs Manager/Clinical Supervisor. This is a new, fulltime, senior level position within our organization.

    For all the details please visit our Employment Opportunities page on this website.

    Deadline for application submissions is October 13, 2020.

  • OXALA sings Amy in Support of Abrigo

    15 September 2020 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Amy Winehouse Tribute Livestream goes on Sun. Sept. 20 at 7:00 p.m.

    OXALA, the stage moniker of breakout performer Dianne Oliveira, will be hosting “Remembering Amy” a tribute concert celebrating the music of Amy Winehouse on Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom (meeting ID: 832 4413 1429).

    “When people hear me perform and say ‘You sound like Amy Winehouse’ I am always honoured,” says OXALA. “Early this week, Amy would have been 37 years old, to honour her life and her legacy, I’ll be covering her greatest hits and some of my lesser known favourites.”

    During the free show, OXALA will encourage viewers to show their support by donating to Toronto’s Abrigo Centre, a social service agency that assists over 6,500 clients each year with a focus on women who face domestic violence and abuse.

    “In lieu of a ticket for the event, I'm teaming up with the Abrigo Centre to raise funds and generate awareness about the outstanding programs and services they provide to people in need,” says OXALA

    OXALA’s livestream viewers will be directed to where donations can be made safely and securely through Abrigo’s fundraising partner CanadaHelps.


  • COVID-19 Has Mandated Agencies Like Abrigo to Focus on Virtual Counselling

    02 September 2020 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Abrigo's September Discover Magazine submission takes a look at the challenges and benefits of online counselling

    Like most others in her field, Abrigo counsellor Martina Esteves had little to no experience doing online counselling before the COVID-19 pandemic struck the world. Despite the initial trepidation, virtual counselling has actually worked out fairly well for most of Abrigo's clients.

    Please read more about Martina's experiences here:

  • Toronto Singer OXALA to Raise Awareness and Funds for Abrigo During Fall Livestream Events

    28 August 2020 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Winehouse Tribute Show Leads Off Series

    OXALA, the stage moniker of breakout performer Dianne Oliveira, will be hosting three virtual events this fall that will not only showcase an emerging Canadian talent, but also raise both awareness and funds for the Abrigo Centre in Toronto.

    "The summer of 2020 has been a season for waking up. I feel a responsibility as an artist to connect my work to efforts and endeavours beyond my own personal gain,” says OXALA. “That's why I'm teaming up with the Abrigo Centre to raise funds and generate awareness about the outstanding programs and services they provide to people in need.”

    Singer OXALA will be raising funds for the Abrigo Centre during three live events this fall.

    Plans are underway for OXALA to hold monthly livestream events, one each in September through November. The first will be an Amy Winehouse tribute show.

    “I'll be producing a series of live performances online coming very soon!” said OXALA. “Stay tuned for dates and details about how you can show me and Abrigo some love this fall.” Learn more about this exciting new performer at

    The Abrigo Centre is celebrating its 30th year providing social services to its diverse community. Started to help abused women in the GTA’s Portuguese-speaking community, Abrigo has grown into a full service agency helping over 6,500 clients annually. Of those, almost 800 each year are women assisted through its Violence Against Women program.

    “We are very excited to partner with OXALA on this initiative,” says Ed Graça, Abrigo’s Executive Director. “Not only is she an incredibly talented young performer and a vibrant personality, she sincerely wants to help make a difference for individuals and families in our community.”

    During each one of OXALA’s livestreams viewers will be directed to where donations can be made safely and securely through Abrigo’s fundraising partner CanadaHelps.

    Event details will be announced soon.

    Toronto singer, songwriter OXALA

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