• Abrigo will close for Family Day 2020

    14 February 2020 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    The Abrigo Centre will be closed on Monday, February 17, 2020 for Family Day. Our office will reopen on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

    We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. In the meantime, please have a safe and enjoyable long weekend!

  • Abrigo Celebrates with UW Local Leaders

    06 February 2020 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    United Way Greater Toronto Recognizes Workplace Giving

    The Abrigo Centre was proud to join a large contingent of local businesses and agencies who were recognized by the United Way Greater Toronto for their excellence in workplace giving.

    The night kicked off with a reception and highlighted by three inspiring personal stories from individuals who have been supported by the United Way.

    It was wonderful to see corporations, government agencies and social service agencies come together in the fight to end poverty and help anyone in need.

    Each year the employees of the Abrigo Centre raise funds for the United Way. Whether it is through our employee giving campaign, yard sale, raffles or pot luck lunches, Abrigo has throughout its history given generously and proudly to the United Way.

  • WSIB offers up support to Abrigo

    15 January 2020 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    WSIB's Annual United Way Campaign provides personal hygiene packs and products for Abrigo clients

    Representatives from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) recently donated a huge haul of completed hygiene packages and products to the Abrigo Centre for distribution to our clients.

    Over 180 complete kits filled with soap, shampoo, toothpaste and lotions as well as hundreds of individual items were provided for clients in Abrigo's Life and Hope group for seniors, the moms and dads in our parenting classes and other clients in need.

    John Denham and Christel Wilkat from WSIB delivered the items and took the time to visit with our Life and Hope seniors. Our sincerest thanks to John, Christel and the entire WSIB team for their generosity.

    WSIB's John Denham, left, and Christel Wilkat, right, delivered boxes of personal hygiene products to the Abrigo Centre after their highly successful 2019 United Way fundraising campaign.

  • Annual Abrigo Holiday Season Closure

    23 December 2019 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Early 1:00 p.m. Closure on December 24

    All new and current Abrigo clients should be aware that the agency will close at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24 in advance of our annual holiday season closure. The agency will reopen on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

    We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause you, but our counsellors look forward to assisting you in the New Year.

    On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff and volunteers of the Abrigo Centre, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season!!

  • 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:

  • 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.

    Nancy Walker Jazz Trio

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

    Jennifer Bettencourt

    Teresa Santos

    Vinay Lakhani

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