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  • Abrigo's Life and Hope Seniors Program the Focus on Giving Tuesday

    03 December 2019 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    New Kitchenware Needed to Replace Aging Items

    It’s been said that food brings people together. A simple meal can turn strangers into friends or cement a relationship.

    For members of Abrigo’s Groupo Vida e Esperança or Life and Hope seniors group, the opportunity to have lunch together each day is an important part of building a positive peer environment and removing people from social isolation.

    After more than nine years of continued growth – the Life and Hope group started with five volunteers and now totals more than 240 members – our seniors need new kitchenware to prepare and serve clients their daily meals.

    The odd assortment of old, worn and previously donated pots, pans, dishes and trays our volunteers use to make and serve those meals are showing their age and declining rapidly so today we have an urgent need for new kitchenware.

    Please demonstrate your support for our clients and volunteers by helping Abrigo raise $2,000 to purchase new pots, pans and serving dishes for our second floor kitchen.

    Together, with the support of others in the community, your gift of $20, $40 or any amount will go a long way to help us reach this goal.

    To make a donation or learn more visit: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/giv3/39035

  • Royal St. George's College Students Make Annual Visit to Abrigo

    18 November 2019 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Day of Service assists clients in the Life and Hope group

    Giving back to the community is an important aspect of being a student at Royal St. George's College. During their third annual day of service visit to Abrigo eight young men shoveled, cleaned and generally tidied up Abrigo while also learning a bit about our history and the work we do to support women facing domestic abuse and the 6,500 clients we see annually.

    The boys also shared a meal with the seniors in attendance then shared stories about their cultural background and grandparents.

    It proved to be both very productive and a lot of fun along the way. Thank you to all the young men of RSGC for spending the day with us. Hopefully we'll see you next year.

  • Sanofi Pasteur visits Abrigo during Fall Day of Caring

    01 November 2019 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    One of the great rewards of being an Anchor Agency of the United Way Greater Toronto is the opportunity to host eight volunteers from a large organization each spring and fall to demonstrate to that group where their UW donations go and the impact it makes on the local community.

    Abrigo recently had the pleasure to spend the Fall Day of Caring with a group of remarkable women from Sanofi Pasteur Canada. Not only during their time at Abrigo did they learn about the history of the organization and what we do to assist over 6,500 women, men and children each year, they also made an impact on the clients in Abrigo's Life and Hope seniors group.

    Our intrepid volunteers prepared that day's lunch, cleaned, organized, watered the plants and spent a significant amount of time conversing with the clients. By the time lunch rolled around, the Sanofi volunteers had already enjoyed some chocolate cake and danced to a number of traditional Portuguese songs with the seniors. It was a wonderful experience for all involved.

    Thank you to all the volunteers from Sanofi Pasteur for making your United Way day of service a memorable one for our clients.

  • Thanksgiving Monday closure

    11 October 2019 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Just a reminder that the Abrigo Centre will be closed on Monday, October 14, 2019 in observance of the Thanksgiving Monday holiday.

    Abrigo will reopen on Tuesday, October 15 at 9:00 a.m. Please have a safe and enjoyable long weekend.

  • 2019 Annual General Meeting: A Focus on Community & Partnerships

    30 September 2019 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    How better to support newcomers the theme

    The Abrigo Centre held another successful Annual General Meeting on Thursday, October 26 that recognized the outstanding contributions of three retiring Board members and the importance of social service agencies in Toronto working together to improve the services provided to newcomers to Canada.

    Three Abrigo Board members who completed their full six year term were recognized for their dedication and commitment to improving the services Abrigo provides to the community. Board Chair Lisa Melo, Past Chair Humberto Carolo and Sandra Gamboias all proved outstanding leadership during their time on the Board. Executive Director Ed Graca took a moment immediately after the formal portion of the AGM to recognize each for their contributions.

    The other highlight of this year's AGM was a special presentation by Francisco Rico, Co-Director of the FCJ Refugee Centre. Mr. Rico's presentation was entitled "Creating Partnerships to Remove Barriers for Newcomers." During his remarks he highlighted the growing influx of  newcomers, including a surge coming from Brazil, many of the social issues they face, and how agencies like Abrigo and FCJ can work together to better serve our clients.

    Mr. Rico spent some time highlighting how the two agencies share clients based on their circumstances and the ability of the agency to best serve the client. For example, FCJ has seen an uptick in violence against women clients and many of them are referred to Abrigo. In turn, Abrigo has seen an increasing number of newcomers without status. This limits them from obtaining a number of social services. Those individuals are referred to FCJ who can provide the expertise to address the client's needs. This partnership is proving to be very successful.

    Abrigo thanks everyone who attended including our clients, funding providers, other social service providers, and the members of the Davenport community.

  • 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 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.

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