Our Story

The Luso Canadian Charitable Society was formed by a group of businessmen in the Portuguese community. While working closely with the community they quickly understood the need to help improve the lives of disabled persons and their families. Our plan, designed to support and reduce isolation for those at risk, was welcomed by the community with open arms.

As the organization grew it became obvious the need existed beyond the Portuguese Community. The vision expanded to provide programs and services for disabled persons irrespective of ethnicity.

An unwavering focus to deliver on our vision, coupled with the support of like-minded individuals and organizations, formed the bricks and mortar that built our Luso community.

Today, Luso offers programs and services to individuals from all backgrounds and walks of life with physical and/or developmental disabilities and work towards fulfilling our mandate to be of service each and every day. Since those first days in 2002, when Luso was only a vision, we now own and operate three Luso Support Centres servicing communities in Toronto, Hamilton and Peel.

Luso staff, board members, volunteers and supporters at all levels make Luso a home for persons with disabilities. Families breathe easier as their loved ones are genuinely cared for, supported and not forgotten. We are proud of this growth and grateful to those who have brought us to where we stand today.

Our foundation in place; we celebrate accomplishments yet understand our work is not done. We continue to learn from our community and continue to plan how we will enrich the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families today, tomorrow and into the future.

As the story continues, changing landscapes in society fuel our desire to continue development of programs, facilities and service models, to enrich the lives of individuals and families living with disabilities, and to extend our hands in service to those in our communities that need our help. We continue. We build.