• Abrigo Seniors Creating Play to Address Elder Abuse

    04 February 2019 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    New Horizons grant provides funding for multi-layered project

    Abrigo recently received a Service Canada - New Horizons for Seniors Grant to document the process of creating a short series of stage scenes demonstrating the various forms of elder abuse.

    Abrigo has started filming the rehearsals of “Digna Idade” and doing interviews with the cast and other Abrigo clients. Cast members were interviewed to share their experiences and relay what they have learned from this process.

    We will record the journey of the actors and ultimately the final product for the next two months. Watch for both the play (coming to Abrigo and other agencies) and a video to be released later this spring.

  • Holiday Season Giving

    24 December 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Support the Abrigo Centre through an online donation

    The Holiday Season is a time of giving. It can take the form of giving a present to a friend or loved one or giving back to the community that serves us all. More specifically, you can give to the Abrigo Centre as we continue our mission to help and protect women and children who are facing domestic abuse.

    If you would like to support the Abrigo Centre now to take advantage of a tax receipt for the 2108 calendar year, you can give safely and securely online through our partner CanadaHelps.

    Simply click on the "Donate Now" button at the top right on any web page and you'll be able to give your gift directly to Abrigo. Help make a difference for the 6,500 clients in all our programs that we serve each year. Make your gift before year-end to get a 2018 tax receipt.

    Thank you for your support!

  • Stella Jurgen "Kisses" Abrigo with $1,000 Gift

    18 December 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Donation is the result of Jurgen's recent "Kissed" exhibit

    Oakville singer, graphic designer and artist Stella Jurgen donated $1,000 to the Abrigo Centre as a result of her successful art exhibit in October at The Peach Gallery in Toronto.

    "Kissed" was an incredible mixed display of original canvas art, painted fabric, art painted on leather purses. The showing won rave reviews and captured the attention of our community.

    Abrigo sincerely thanks Stella for her continued generous support of our agency and congratulates her for all the excellent work she does in the community to support women in need.

    Thank you Stella.

  • $10,000 Donation from LiUNA Local 183 Raises Holiday Spirits

    14 December 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Funds from annual golf tournament drive donation

    The Abrigo Centre was again the beneficiary of the generosity and commitment of LiUNA Local 183 as the membership of that organization recently donated $10,000 to the Abrigo Centre.

    Abrigo Executive Director Ed Graca, Manager of Fundraising and Communications Gerald Luciano and Life and Hope Seniors group Coordinator Marilia dos Santos travelled to LiUNA's Wilson St. headquarters to receive the gift.

    LiUNA Local 183 helps countless charities and organizations across the GTA each year through the proceeds of their annual golf tournament. For the fifth consecutive year LiUNA Local 183 has generously supported the Abrigo Centre.

    We extend our sincerest thanks to Mr. Jack Oliveira, Business Manager, all the other members of Local 183s Executive, and the entire 58,000+ strong membership for your generous support!

  • Thank You to our Giving Tuesday Donors

    29 November 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    It's Thank You Thursday

    Abrigo wishes to extend our thanks to everyone who donated to our Giving Tuesday appeal for new computers for the clients in Abrigo's Life and Hope Educational and Recreational group for seniors!

    Your support made a huge difference. Thank you.

  • Giving Tuesday 2018 - Help Abrigo Seniors Go Surfing

    26 November 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    A Message from Abrigo Volunteer Carlos Melo

    Abrigo Seniors Connect with Computers

    I’m not a teacher but every Tuesday morning I share my knowledge and experience to help educate others. Each day comes with a sense of satisfaction knowing that my commitment is making a difference for our community.

    I am an Abrigo volunteer and on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I help other seniors in our Life and Hope group learn about computers. I assist my peers with basic computer skills, surf applications like Google or social media programs like Facebook and YouTube.

    We are thankful for the computers we have but they are aging and slow compared to today’s machines. In addition, some have small monitors that pose a problem for those with diminished eyesight.

    Abrigo needs an infusion of new, modern technology and I am asking for your help today, on Giving Tuesday.

    Abrigo needs five (5) new PCs and monitors to replace the existing outdated equipment. The cost for each is approximately $1,000. Your gift of $25, $50 or $100 will go directly to help purchase a new computer that will enrich the life of a senior in this vital Abrigo program. Please click the CanadaHelps Donate Now button at the top right of this page to make your gift.

    Giving Tuesday, is a global initiative designed to assist local charities and community organizations like Abrigo. Your gift, of any amount, will directly go to support the purchase of a new computer for Abrigo clients who often use them to communicate with loved ones back home.

    Abrigo seniors love to surf the net. Open up a world of possibilities with your gift. Thank you for your assistance and generosity.


    Carlos Melo
    Abrigo Centre Volunteer

    P.S. The Abrigo Centre needs your help. Your donation, directed toward a new computer, will get our clients up to speed with today’s technology. Help them learn, grow and navigate the web without a delay. Support Abrigo by clicking the Donate Now at the top of this or any Abrigo website page. It’s easy, secure and your gift will make a difference. Thanks!

  • Abrigo Surpasses Annual United Way Campaign Goal!

    01 November 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Yard Sale and Staff Support Secure Success

    For the fourth consecutive year, the Abrigo Centre surpassed its annual United Way Campaign goal. Together, staff members, volunteers, clients and community members raised a new record total of $6,073.

    In addition to the funds raised by staff members donating to the United Way through payroll deduction, monthly giving or one-time gifts, the focal point again this year was the massive four-day Yard Sale that feature a wide variety of children's and adult clothes, household items and toys. In total, $1,609 was raised by this event. Our thanks to all the donors of the items for sale and to everyone in the community for stopping by and doing some shopping to support the cause.

    The Abrigo Centre is proud to be one of 62 Anchor Agencies of the United Way Greater Toronto. Each year Abrigo shows its #LocalLove by giving back to the agency that gives to Abrigo. The United Way is one of Abrigo Centre's primary funders. Last fiscal year the United Way provided over $281,000 to Abrigo. Thank you!

  • Annual Abrigo Yard Sale now underway

    23 October 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Vast array of items available. All proceeds support the United Way Greater Toronto

    The Abrigo Centre's eagerly awaited annual Yard Sale in support of the United Way Greater Toronto is now underway. The event runs from Tuesday, October 23 through Friday, October 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Abrigo Centre. All proceeds from this event will support the United Way Greater Toronto.

    Staff members, volunteers and the public have been donating clothing items, children's toys, household and baby items and a variety of electronics for the last couple of months in anticipation of this hallmark Abrigo event. With a wide array of affordable items to choose from, everyone who visits should be able to find something to take home.

    Last year, the Yard Sale raised more than $1,300 over the four days and helped Abrigo staff raise a record $5,600 for the United Way Greater Toronto.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

  • Ribeira Grande, Portugal Mayor and Councillor visit Abrigo

    18 October 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Meeting held to discuss social service programs in Canada and Portugal

    The Abrigo Centre had the distinct pleasure on October 17th to welcome the Mayor of Ribeira Grande, Portugal Mr. Alexandre Gaudencio as well as city councilor Mr. Hernani Costa during their visit to Canada.

    Abrigo Executive Director Ed Graca provided some of the history of our organization and an extensive overview of the programs and services Abrigo currently provides to more than 6,500 clients who visit our agency each year.

    Our Portuguese visitors also spoke extensively about where and how programs are provided in their city and various ideas were exchanged on how better to deliver services in both countries.

    After the hour-long meeting Mayor Gaudencio and Councillor Costa were given a tour of the agency and spent a significant amount of time visiting with the seniors in Abrigo's Life and Hope Educational and Recreational group. It gave our guests an opportunity to hear first-hand some of the issues our seniors are facing on a daily basis.

    To their surprise and delight, the eagle-eyed visitors saw an old photo, taken mostly likely sometime in the 80s, of Ribeiraa Grande's City Hall hanging in our second floor computer room.

    Thank you to Mayor Gaudencio and Councillor Costa for joining us for a most informative visit.

  • "Kissed" the new exhibit by Stella Jurgen

    01 October 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    A Percentage of Sales will be Donated to the Abrigo Centre

    The last Friday of September saw a large crowd assembled for the Opening Reception at The Peach Gallery in Toronto for "Kissed" the new exhibit from Oakville-based artist, musician and designer Stella Jurgen.

    Friends, supporters, artists and community members turned out on mass for a memorable evening of music and art as the dynamic powerhouse Stella Jurgen not only unveiled a bevy of colourful paintings and drawings but also performed a number of songs along with her tight three-piece band Jazz Plazma.

    For the last three years Stella has been a faithful and generous supporter of the Abrigo Centre. Whether it is through the donation of her time, services or artwork, she is always there for our agency when needed. A percentage of sales from the "Kissed" exhibit will be donated to the Abrigo Centre in support of women and children who are experiencing or have survived domestic violence or abuse.

    Thank you to Stella Jurgen for all her ongoing support.

    "Kissed" runs through to October 21 at The Peach Gallery, 722 College Street, Toronto.

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