• It's #GivingTuesday: Read Star's Story

    30 November 2021 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    From Feeling Guilty to Finding Your Voice

    For women like Abrigo client Star, the isolation they endured during the pandemic took on an added dimension when dealing with an abusive partner.

    Star’s youthfulness and bright smile belies the difficult challenges she has endured. The physical violence, verbal threats and emotional and financial abuse delivered by her estranged partner are now a thing of the past… but the residue lingers.

    “Society places a lot of guilt on us, as women,” says Star. “We are made to feel embarrassed and guilty about the errors of others. When there’s abuse in the home, it’s perceived to be the fault of the woman and we carry that with us.”

    Abrigo has seen a 22 per cent increase in gender-based violence calls in the last year alone.

    It’s time to face the growing threat of domestic violence in our community head on. Your financial support of $25, $50 or $100 will go directly to counselling services for Abrigo’s violence against women clients.

    No one should have to live fear, or carry with them the guilt of being a victim of domestic abuse. Now is the time to make a difference, please give today. Click now  or on the CanadaHelps logo at the top right on this page to make your donation.

    With the individual counselling she has received, Star feels changed as a person, more regulated and emotionally balanced. “When I was with him, I couldn’t speak. Now I can speak because of the help I received at Abrigo.”

    Join us in the fight to end gender-based violence. Please make your donation today.

    With my sincere thanks,

    Ed Graca, Executive Director

    PS:Your gift can make a big difference this GivingTuesday. Donate $20 or more to Abrigo and we’ll get an additional $2 from our partner CanadaHelps with each gift!

    PPS: Our client’s name in this story was changed to protect her identity.

  • Abrigo Takes Centre Stage in Local Publication

    19 November 2021 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Staff Members Profiled in Revista Amar

    Portuguese language magazine Revista Amar recently profiled three Abrigo staff members in the November issue of the handsome publication.

    Cidalia Pereira, Valeria Sales and Marilia dos Santos were interviewed by Carmo Monteiro about Abrigo's Violence Against Women, Community Development and Integration and Seniors programs respectively.

    To learn more please go to pg. 44:

  • A Look at How Abrigo Started its Efforts to Combat COVID-19

    21 October 2021 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    This month's Discover Magazine submission looks at the history of this agency's vaccination efforts

    As a social service provider in Toronto, Abrigo's long history has primarily focused on helping women and children facing gender-based violence. That's the core of the work we do. Our work has also grown to assist seniors, students and newcomers.

    Abrigo has never turned away a client and we have never turned away from the opportunity to help anyone in need, for the Portuguese-language community, those residing in Toronto's west end or beyond.

    Abrigo's October submission to Discover Magazine looks at our agency's efforts to get people educated about COVID-19 and vaccinated against the virus. Read more about our work here:

  • Abrigo is Open But Continues to Offer Virtual Services

    20 September 2021 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Call us between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. weekdays for assistance

    Just a reminder that the Abrigo Centre is open, yes open and staff members are working virtually or by telephone to assist our clients. With the Fall 2021 now upon us, COVID-19 positive cases continue to remain high in our province.

    Our decision to continue to work virtually is designed to help keep our staff members, clients and volunteers healthy and safe at this time. Our office remains closed to walk-in clients and no in-person counselling sessions are being scheduled at the moment.

    However, 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. All our clients are receiving the help and assistance they need.

    As we continue to soldier on through this pandemic, please remain vigilant and safe and we will get through this difficult time together. If you still need to get your first or second COVID-19 vaccination please call us at 416-534-3434 and our incredible Vaccine Engagement Team will assist you to get your shot.

  • Abrigo's Annual General Meeting is Sept. 29, 2021

    15 September 2021 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    AGM Goes Virtual Again This Year

    Abrigo will hold our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, September 29th at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom. We encourage everyone to register for this special event. Community support is vital to the stability and growth of our agency. We encourage everyone to register and join us for this important yearly event. Please see our poster below for all the details. We look forward to seeing you there.

  • Abrigo Continues Summer of Successful COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

    13 September 2021 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    118 Clients Get Their First or Second Dose at Latest Event

    As part of our Vaccine Engagement Activities within the City of Toronto's York, Weston Pelham cluster, Abrigo held its fourth COVID-19 Pop-Up Clinic on Friday, September 10 at Casa das Beiras Community Centre.

    As special thank you to our co-host, the office of Deputy Mayor Ana Bailao and our friends at Toronto Public Health for all their efforts to ensure our community gets vaccinated.

    Over the course of the four pop-up clinics, Abrigo has helped vaccinate 463 individuals from primarily the Portuguese-speaking community. Watch for additional clinics in the coming weeks.

    Sept. 10, 2021 event at Casa das Beiras Community Centre

    August 20, 2021

    Our amazing volunteer / event partner Marlene Araujo

    Inaugural July 9th event at the Abrigo Centre!

  • Back to School Tips

    03 September 2021 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Abrigo Takes a Look at How You Can Ease Your Child Back into the Swing of School

    In this month's submission to Discover Magazine Abrigo's CDI Team Lead Valeria Sales gives parents a number of highly effective tips to ensure their children have a smooth transition back to school. Read more about how you can mitigate children's fears and anxieties here:

  • Circle August 20th on Your Calendar for the Next Abrigo Vaccination Clinic

    13 August 2021 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Councillor Ana Bailao will co-host with Abrigo at Casa das Beiras Community Centre

    The Abrigo Centre will be hosting another COVID-19 Vaccination Pop-Up Clinic on Friday, August 20, 2021 at Casa das Beiras Community Centre from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This is a by-appointment-only clinic so please call us at 416-534-3434 to book your appointment or call one of the other numbers listed on the poster.

    With the COVID-19 numbers and positivity rate rising, it is imperative that all those who need their first or second shot get the vaccine as soon as possible. Doing so may save your life.

  • The Hidden Cost of the Pandemic

    06 August 2021 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    COVID-19 has impacted fundraising across Canada and that can disrupt the services provided to clients

    Abrigo's August submission to Discover Magazine takes a look at how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted fundraising at the Abrigo Centre and charities across Canada.

    For some of the smaller charities, the results have been devastating and others are barely surviving as the pandemic lingers across the country.

    Read more about this important issue here:

  • Abrigo Co-Hosts COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic on Friday, July 30

    23 July 2021 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Deputy Mayor Ana Bailao and Casa do Alentejo Partners with Abrigo to Vaccinate Portuguese-Language Community

    Abrigo will be hosting our second COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Friday, July 30th from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Casa do Alentejo Community Centre in Toronto. This is a by-appointment-only event so if you need your first or second vaccine please call us at 416-534-3434.

    One way to keep you and your family safe is to get vaccinated. We hope to see you there!

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