• 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.

  • Abrigo will be closed Thanksgiving Monday

    05 October 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    The Thanksgiving long weekend means Monday closure at Abrigo

    Abrigo will be closed on Monday, October 8, 2018 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Our agency will reopen on Tuesday, October 9 at 9:00 a.m.

    We apologize for any inconvenience but hope that you have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend with friends and family.

  • "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.

  • Music for Life takes centre stage at Abrigo AGM

    28 September 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Community support strong for this year's event

    On Thursday, September 28th the Abrigo Centre held it's Annual General Meeting for the first time at its current 1645 Dufferin Street location. The previous six years, the event took place at other locations in the Davenport community because of accessibility issues on-site.

    This year, taking the spotlight was a special presentation after the AGM on Abrigo's Music for Life program. Music for Life grew out of a grant from the Ontario Ministry of Seniors Affairs that created a 20+ member choir from Abrigo's Life and Hope seniors group and is in the process of teaching a number of those same individuals how to play a musical instrument.

    As in previous years, Abrigo's Chair Humberto Carolo provided his report to the community, minutes from last year's event were approved, the last fiscal year's audited financial report was presented and new board members were elected. Abrigo is happy to welcome three new members this year; Lena Barreto, Cidalia Faria and Kathleen Teixeira.

    Holding the AGM on-site at Abrigo was made possible because of the installation of a new LULA elevator in the building. Abrigo clients waited a number of years for the elevator and the funding for it came through generous community donations from, among many, LiUNA Local 183 and the Ontario Trillium Foundation. With the elevator in place there was a large turnout for the event as the second floor meeting hall was filled with more than 70 guests in attendance.

    The highlight of the night was clearly the presentation on the Music for Life program. Abrigo Counsellor Marilia dos Santos provided some background information on Abrigo's seniors program and how Music for Life started. Special guest, renowned musician Hernani Raposo, provided insights on how music makes individuals feel and how it can make a positive impact on memory for seniors. Music for Life program leader Nuno Miller, a musician and host on Camoes Radio, described his experiences leading the group and the growth he has seen from them over the last four months. Abrigo client and Music for Life participant Isabel Pereira spoke about how being in the group has changed her life.

    The evening wrapped up with two wonderful performances from the group.

    Thank you to all who made the effort to come to this year's event.

  • Final Call: AGM is next Thursday, Sept. 27th

    21 September 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    You're Invited to Abrigo's Annual General Meeting

    Abrigo invites you to our Annual General Meeting this coming Thursday, September 27, 2018 starting at 6:00 p.m. here at the Abrigo Centre. The meeting will be in our fully accessible second floor hall. This event is open to the public and all are welcome.

    In advance of the AGM, Abrigo will be hosting a Reception starting at 5:30 p.m. Post AGM, there will be a Special Presentation on Abrigo's Music for Life program that encourages members of Abrigo's Life and Hope seniors group to learn a new instrument and sing along to their favourite folk songs from various areas of Portugal and the Azores.

    Among the speakers will be Ed Graca, Executive Director of the Abrigo Centre, Hernani Raposo, revered local musician, Marilia dos Santos, Abrigo Counsellor and coordinator of the Life and Hope group and Nuno Miller, Camoes Radio host, who is leading the Music for Life group.

    Please rsvp by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 24th by email at or by calling 416-534-3434.

    We hope to see you there!

  • Abrigo closed early on Friday, August 31st and on Labour Day Monday

    29 August 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Ahead of the Labour Day holiday weekend, Abrigo will close early on Friday afternoon

    The Abrigo Centre is closing at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, August 31, 2018 ahead of the long Labour Day weekend. The office will also be closed entirely on Monday, September 3, 2018. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

    Our office will reopen to clients on Tuesday, September 4th at 9:00 a.m.

    Please have a safe and enjoyable Labour Day weekend everyone!

  • Abrigo's AGM is Thursday, September 27th and You're Invited

    23 August 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Agency's Annual General Meeting will feature a presentation on the Music for Life program

    The Abrigo Centre's 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. here at the agency for the first time since moving to its 1645 Dufferin Street location.

    With the installation and opening of an elevator in late November 2017, Abrigo is now fully accessible and can hold events like an AGM on site. This is a huge boast for the agency as it reduces costs and allows more clients to attend.

    Aside from the regular business of the AGM, a report from the Board Chair, review of the financials and the election and confirmation of Directors, this year the highlight will be a special presentation on Abrigo's Music for Life program.

    Music for Life was created from a grant from the Ministry of Seniors Affairs. Research indicates that musical training in seniors can help with their mental health, memory and delay issues like dementia. Program leader Nuno Miller, from Camoes Radio and TV, is also an accomplished musician. He is teaching clients in our Life and Hope seniors group how to play instruments and sing a number of Portuguese folk songs.

    Mr. Miller, along with Abrigo counsellor Marilia dos Santos and musician Hernani Raposo will discuss the role music plays in our lives and the impact the Music for Life program is having on our clients.

    This event is free and open to the public. We encourage you to attend. If you are interest, please RSVP to 416-534-3434 or by email at by Monday, September 24th.

    We look forward to seeing you there.

  • Abrigo will close at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3rd

    01 August 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Traditional early closing ahead of Civic Holiday weekend

    Please be aware that the Abrigo Centre will be closing at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, August 3rd as is the agency's tradition ahead of the August Civic Holiday long weekend. Therefore there will be no Open Intake session for new clients that afternoon.

    Abrigo will reopen on Tuesday, August 7th at 9:00 a.m.

    Thank you and we hope you and your loved ones have a safe and enjoyable long weekend.

  • Abrigo is Closed on Monday, July 2nd

    27 June 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Canada Day Holiday Closing / Summer Business Hours Will Be in Effect Starting July 3

    Please be aware that the Abrigo Centre will be closed for the Canada Day Holiday Monday on July 2nd. We will reopen on Tuesday, July 3rd at 9:00 a.m.

    As well, please note that as of July 3, 2018, the Abrigo Centre will institute its annual summer hours. We will be operating on a schedule of 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    Thank you and have a great summer of 2018!

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