• 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.

  • Abrigo Participates in 20th Annual Lusogolf event

    30 May 2017 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Low Scores and a High Level of Fundraising Rule the Day

    Lusogolf Fundraising Incorporation hosted its twentieth annual fundraising golf tournament in support of a number of educational initiatives and the Abrigo Centre, on Saturday, May 27 at the beautiful Caledon Country Club.

    Lusogolf was established to raise funds and encourage Portuguese-speaking Canadian children to pursue post-secondary education. In 2016, this tournament netted $37,000 and from those proceeds, $4,500 was donated to the Abrigo Centre.

    As usual, there was a full field of eager golfers ready to tackle a wet but challenging course. The warm, cloudy day and soft greens provided perfect conditions for low scores.

    As usual, the local business community stepped up and provided a number of corporate sponsorships including LiUNA Local 183, Local 506, North American General Contractor Ltd., Manulife and Lancaster Homes.

    The event finished up with a fabulous dinner and a number of golfers went home with some fantastic prizes.

    Abrigo thanks Lusogolf Chair Enir Bassani, Joe Silva and the other members of the Lusogolf Committee for their generous support.

    (l-r) G. Luciano, Abrigo Centre, Joe Silva & Enir Bassani, Lusogolf Commitee, Emanuel DeMelo, Re/Max West Realty Inc.

  • Mother's Day celebrations at Abrigo

    11 May 2017 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Musician Nuno Cristo performs at Abrigo's annual Mother's Day celebration

    The Abrigo Centre was proud to have guest musician and singer Nuno Cristo perform for a full house of seniors at our annual Mother's Day celebration. The colourful event featured wonderful food, music and dancing but around the festivities, Mr. Cristo performed an hour long set of classic Portuguese folk music much to the delight of his audience. His energetic music brought many onto the dance floor and Abrigo clients were singing along to a number of the songs in unison with Mr. Cristo.

    Mr. Cristo performed at Abrigo's Imagine the Possibilities Gala in March and we were delighted that he donated his time and talents to entertain our clients and give back to the community.

  • Sun Life visits for the United Way Day of Caring

    10 May 2017 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    An 8 member team from Sun Life volunteer their time to assist Abrigo seniors

    On Tuesday, May 9 the Abrigo Centre had the privilege to host an eight member team of volunteers from Sun Life who spent the morning volunteering their time to assist Abrigo's Life and Hope Educational and Recreational program for seniors.

    Their visit was part of the United Way Toronto York Region's Day of Caring - an annual event that sees corporate teams of donors to the United Way connect with the agencies and the people they support.

    Abrigo was participating in this important initiative for the first time as were many of the volunteers from Sun Life. The experience proved to be extremely rewarding for Abrigo and our clients. Not only did we receive help with food preparations, gardening on our rooftop patio and assistance with painting a new mural, our clients got the experience of connecting one-to-one with a community member who is engaged and willing to give back.

    During this short period of time not only were new friendships made, the Sun Life volunteers got a better understanding of the important work Abrigo does in the community and the impact it has on the people we serve.

    Our sincere thanks to the entire Sun Life volunteer team for spending a few hours of their valuable time with us!

  • Abrigo celebrates National Volunteer Week!

    28 April 2017 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Annual recognition event celebrates the amazing achievements of 121 volunteers

    The Abrigo Centre held our annual Volunteer Recognition evening on Thursday, April 27 to acknowledge the enormous contributions of our student and adult volunteers.

    In the 2016/2017 fiscal year, a total of 121 volunteers contributed 15,205 hours of service to the agency. It's a remarkable achievement that allows the counsellors and staff members of Abrigo to assist more than 6,400 unique clients each year.

    Some of the programs that volunteers actively participate in include our Seniors Life and Hope program, the Community Development and Integration program, our Partner Assault Response program and Abrigo's huge annual spring Income Tax Clinic.

    The heart, dedication and commitment shown by our Abrigo volunteers is incredible. This agency could not provide all the programs and services we do at the level we do without their ongoing commitment and support.

    Thank you Abrigo Volunteers!

  • Abrigo will be closed on April 14th & 17th.

    07 April 2017 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Good Friday and Easter Monday closings

    Please note that the Abrigo Centre will be closed on Good Friday, April 14th and Easter Monday, April 17th. Abrigo will return to normal business hours (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) on Tuesday, April 18th.

    Just a reminder that drop-in intake hours for new clients remains weekdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Thank you.

  • Annual Abrigo Gala the Largest and Most Successful Yet

    08 March 2017 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Over 300 Guests Celebrate the Accomplishments of Abrigo's Volunteers

    Abrigo Centre's annual signature fundraising event of the year, the Imagine the Possibilities Gala took place on Saturday, March 4 at LiUNA Local 183’s Gerry Gallagher Hall in Toronto. Final revenue numbers reveal that $43,680 was raised, making this year's event the most financially successful Abrigo gala ever.

    Each year this wonderful event raises much-needed funds that go to support the programs and services provided to 6,400 clients each year. Community-minded donors like you make that happen. We thank all our corporate sponsors, silent auction donors and guests for their support.

    The evening started with a wonderful Reception performance by accomplished fado guitar players Nuno Cristo and Pedro Joel. The duo serenaded guests throughout the reception hour and later during dinner. Co-MC's media personality Mo-D and Telma Pinguelo from Camoes Radio ably guided the evening with both humour and a steady hand. Among the dignitaries in attendance were Davenport MPP Cristina Martins and Davenport City Councillors Ana Bailao and Cesar Palacio.

    In between a fabulous Silent Auction that included Platinum Leafs tickets, an autographed Jonas Valanciunas jersey and an extremely difficult to obtain Telsa 24-hour test drive, Abrigo paid tribute to our very generous donors.

    Gala events would not be possible without the support of our corporate sponsors. In particular, our thanks need to be extended to this year's Presenting Sponsors LiUNA Local 183 and LiUNA OPDC under the leadership of Mr. Jack Oliveira and the Canadian Council of Construction Unions. As well, Abrigo is profoundly thankful for the support of Mr. Manuel Da Costa and his firm Viana Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc. for joining us this year as the Platinum Sponsor.

    The 2017 gala featured a tribute to the 80 or so volunteers who ensure that our clients get the best care and service possible all the while assisting Abrigo staff members along the way. A video tribute to our volunteers was prepared and it was introduced by Mr. Da Costa. The highlight of the night was an incredible speech delivered by 12-year Abrigo volunteer Donzilia Veiga. Mrs. Veiga brought the house to its feet with inspiring remarks about what it means to be a volunteer at Abrigo.

    Once the formalities came to a close, the dance floor was filled for the rest of the night with bodies moving to the non-stop party music of The Sound Parade.

    Our sincere thanks again to all who attended and supported the Imagine the Possibilities Gala.

    Abrigo Volunteer Donzilia Veiga

    Nuno Cristo and Pedro Joel

    Mo-D and Telma Pinguelo

    Ed Graca, Abrigo Executive Director

    Silent Auction items

    The Sound Parade

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