• 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!

  • BMO Volunteer Day 2018

    12 June 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    BMO Volunteers Assist with the Life and Hope Group

    The Abrigo Centre was honored to welcome six BMO staff members during their annual BMO Volunteer Day with us. This year the group provided assistance to our Life and Hope seniors group. From food prep to cleaning to gardening and dancing, each BMO volunteer played a big part in making it a special day for our clients.

    A sincere thank you to all the BMO employees who came to Abrigo and made a difference for our community!

  • Portugal Day Parade 2018

    11 June 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Sunshine and Smiles Fills Portugal Day Parade Route

    It was the Abrigo Centre's pleasure to participate once again in ACAPO's wonderful 31st annual LiUNA Portugal Day Parade.

    With a large gathering of clients and staff, a truck beautifully decorated, and our DJ Paulo Luis pumping out the music, it was a winning combination for both participants and spectators.

    Thank you to all the sponsors and the other participating organizations and groups for making this another terrific event. Special recognition should go out to the ACAPO leadership and committee members for all their hard work in making this annual event a highlight of the Abrigo year.

  • Abrigo Receives $25,000 Donation from PCWOF

    10 June 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Abrigo one of three charities to receive generous gift

    The Abrigo Centre was honored to receive a $25,000 donation from the Portuguese Canadian Walk of Fame (PCWOF) on Saturday, June 9th following their annual induction ceremony at Camoes Square.

    PCWOF Committee Chairman Mr. Manuel DaCosta presented the cheque to Abrigo Centre's Executive Director Ed Graca at the Mod Club during the post-induction ceremony gala. Also on hand to receive donations were the Luso Canadian Charitable Society and Famous People Players.

    Abrigo extends its sincere thanks to Mr. DaCosta and all the other members of the PCWOF Committee for their belief in the work Abrigo does daily to assist more than 6,500 women, men and children in our community every year.

    Thank you as well to all the sponsors of this year's event for your support!

  • Portugal Day Flag-Raising Ceremony 2018

    08 June 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Toronto Deputy Mayor Ana Bailao and the Alliance of Portuguese Clubs and Associations of Ontario host annual event.

    On Thursday, June 7th staff members and clients in Abrigo's Life and Hope seniors group enjoyed the annual Portugal Day Flag-Raising Ceremony at Nathan Philips Square presented by the Alliance of Portuguese Clubs and Associations of Ontario (ACAPO) and Toronto Deputy Mayor Ana Bailao.

    It was a beautiful day to enjoy this important cultural event and our thanks go out to the organizers for putting together a wonderful presentation again this year.

  • Lusogolf Fundraising Tournament

    29 May 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Annual Event Helps Support Abrigo

    The Abrigo Centre was honored to participate once again at the annual Lusogolf Fundraising Golf Tournament held on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at the lovely Caledon Golf Club.

    Each year this tournament raises funds for a number of important initiatives, first and foremost providing student bursaries to worthy candidates as well as assisting other local charitable organizations like the Abrigo Centre.

    The great weather and lush layout of the course made for an excellent day of golf. With a sold out field of more than 150 golfers all vying for the lowest score, the most important number was the money raised from the event.

    Abrigo would like to thank Lusogolf Fundraising Inc. Committee Chair Enir Bassani, (pictured centre) Treasurer Joe Silva and all the other Committee members for their generous support of our agency. The annual commitment they demonstrate truly makes a difference for Abrigo clients. Thank you!

  • Abrigo closed on Victoria Day Monday

    17 May 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Annual Holiday Closure on May 21st

    The Abrigo Centre will be closed for the Victoria Day Monday holiday, May 21st. We will reopen on Tuesday, May 22 at 9:00 a.m.

    Wishing you and your family members a safe and happy holiday.

  • 2018 United Way Day of Caring

    11 May 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Mastercard Canada volunteers help out during seniors Mother's Day High Tea event

    The Abrigo Centre was honoured to host three volunteers from Mastercard Canada who took part in the this year's United Way Day of Caring event which was held on Thursday, May 10th. This was the second year for Abrigo to participate in this special day. It gives staff members from local and national corporations the opportunity to volunteer with a social service agency aligned with the United Way.

    Thank you to our new friends Laura, Stephanie and Danai from Mastercard Canada for spending the day with the seniors in our Life and Hope group. The group was holding it's annual Mother's Day High Tea that day so our special volunteers spent a significant amount of time helping to prepare a special meal for 100 program participants.

    We hope all our clients had a wonderful time at this great event and we also extend our thanks to the volunteers from Mastercard Canada for giving back to the community. It was great to have you join us. Thank you!

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