• 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

  • Abrigo Celebrates Mother's Day with Annual Fete

    14 May 2019 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Guest performer Lidia Sousa serenades clients

    An annual tradition, the Abrigo Mother's Day party for our clients in the seniors Life and Hope group never fails to draw a huge gathering and provide a lot of fun, music and laughter for all in attendance.

    On Thursday, May 9 Abrigo was happy to have singer Lidia Sousa join us this year to provide the entertainment for the afternoon. Thank you Lidia!

    Abrigo hopes all the Moms in our community had a Happy Mother's Day on Sunday. Thank you all for your support.

  • United Way Greater Toronto Spring Day of Caring

    08 May 2019 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    CIBC Visits Abrigo

    At the spring United Way Greater Toronto Day of Caring held on May 7th the Abrigo Centre had the pleasure of hosting a wonderful group from the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC). It was great to have such an enthusiastic team ready to make a difference for the seniors in our Life and Hope program.

    Whether it was a spring cleaning of our outdoor deck, preparing lunch for our clients or tearing down a theatre set, our friends from CIBC made a significant mark on Abrigo for the day.

    A sincere thank you to each CIBC staff member who helped make a difference in their community!

  • Abrigo Play Examines Elder Abuse

    16 April 2019 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    The clients of the Abrigo Centre are proud to perform a second showing of our play about seniors abuse. Among the topics covered include emotional, physical and emotional abuse.

    This event is open to the public and will take place on Sunday, April 28 at 2:00 pm.

    For more information, please see the poster below.

  • Abrigo Celebrates 2019 International Women's Day

    08 March 2019 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    This year we #BalanceforBetter

    Happy International Women's Day everyone!

    Celebrations are held all over the world and here at Abrigo, we are no different. Each year we recognize the amazing achievements of the women in our community and those of our clients and volunteers.

    Almost 100 Abrigo clients gathered yesterday to celebrate #IWD2019. It was a great event that included a fabulous client fashion show.

    Thank you to all who volunteered to make this day special, the vendors who attended to provide hair, nail and makeup services and to our clients for making the afternoon memorable.

  • New Art Therapy Program Opens at Abrigo

    05 March 2019 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Clients from Abrigo and UHN Learning and Growing Together

    Client working on her latest painting

    In January Abrigo was proud to start an Art Therapy program in association with our friends at University Health Network.

    Both UHN and Abrigo clients are using our space twice a month on Tuesday mornings. Participants of all skill levels learn, paint and grow as people together.

    Class instructor, Mr. Antonio Louvado, has led the UHN program for a number of years and Abrigo is delighted that he is donating his time and energy to assist Abrigo clients here as well.

    A sincere thank you to Mr. Louvado and all the participants for taking part in this new and exciting initiative

  • 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.

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