Who We Are

A non-profit charitable organization since August 3, 2003. We provide support services to adults with developmental and physical disabilities, thus allowing families/care givers the much needed temporary relief, while their loved ones are in a safe nurturing environment.

Background

Many individuals with disabilities in the community are often housebound. Unfortunately, they are faced with too many limitations and no physical channels available to allow them to integrate with the rest of society. As such, this organization was formed to help stimulate social activity for the less able.

The Luso Canadian Charitable Society was formed by a group of businessmen in the Portuguese community who saw the great need for a centre that could offer services in Portuguese to those for whom the English language is another barrier to access. They discovered this especially through their meetings with The Society of Disabled Persons of Ontario which has been around for almost 20 years, completely made up of volunteers has provided assistance to individuals living with disabilities and their families with support and guidance. They never had a fixed address where they could meet. In 2001, a group of businessmen in the community got together to help this group and formed what is now the Luso Canadian Charitable Society. As the centre grew it became more and more obvious that the need not only existed within the Portuguese community but in the community in general and so the next goal became to provide programs and services for all disabled persons irrespective of ethnicity. Today, Luso offers programs and services to individuals with physical and/or developmental disabilities of all backgrounds and walks of life and works dedicatedly towards fulfilling their mandate each and every day.

The Society purchased the property at 2295 St. Clair Ave. W. and began construction in April of 2004. The total cost of this project is approximately $5,000,000 and thanks to the tremendous support from corporations, community businesses, families and the hard work of many volunteers, we have been able to build this centre at no cost to the government; until recently when the provincial government contributed $150,000 to the centre and its programs.

We celebrated the Grand Opening of  our centre on June 23, 2007. We are now open from Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m. and offer a variety of programs for people with disabilities and support to their families. Through various programs clients continue to learn social skills by group participation build greater independence, self esteem and facilitate integration within the community.  Help to develop strong leadership skills which will empower clients to be active and productive members of society.

After being approached by Portuguese Support Services for Quality Living in Hamilton about the need for such services in Hamilton, we began working on a similar project in Hamilton. We celebrated our grand opening of the Hamilton centre on October 6, 2012. The new centre is a lush contemporary state of the art facility that includes large activity rooms, a gym, kitchen on each floor, computer area, a snoezelen room and a beautiful rooftop garden. The different types of activities are varied and enable them to provide extraordinary care and support required to meet the needs of each individual.