58 Newbury Street
Lawrence, MA 01840
978- 681-8768

Welcome, Susan! 

In November 2015, Susan McGibbon Sirois joined Bread & Roses as the new Executive Director. Susan brings with her several decades of work in the Lawrence community related to homelessness and addiction. As a result, she was fortunate to know many of our guests long before coming to B&R. Her goal is to continue the Bread & Roses mission just as it's been for the past 35+ years, by providing dignity and respect to every guest who enters our doors. 
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The History of Bread & Roses

Our name, Bread & Roses, comes from the title of a song written about the 1912 Lawrence Mill Strike. The song sings of the courageous women who participated in strikes, calling for bread for themselves and their starving families.


Our name expresses our solidarity with all who struggle for food and dignity in their lives. We strive to be a center of hospitality where “bread” is available to all and where the beauty and dignity of each person, is valued.
For the people hear us singing:
Bread and Roses! Bread and Roses!”
“Hearts starve as well as bodies;
give us bread, but give us roses!
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Bread & Roses Awarded $100,000 from Cummings Foundation

LAWRENCE, June 6, 2016 – Bread & Roses is one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s “100K for 100” program. The organization was chosen from a total of 479 applications, during a competitive review process.
On June 9, Susan McGibbon Sirois, Executive Director, and Lauryn Klingler, Program & Development Coordinator, will be joining approximately 300 other guests at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn to represent Bread & Roses and celebrate the $10 million infusion into Greater Boston’s nonprofit sector. With the conclusion of this grant cycle, Cummings Foundation has now awarded more than $140 million to local nonprofits alone.

Bread & Roses staff plan to utilize the $100,000 grant award to purchase and install solar panels and make many other energy efficiency-related renovations and improvements to our building, located at 58 Newbury Street in Lawrence. Making these large-scale improvements now will allow us to lower costs related to keeping our building, built in the 1850s, not only running but also thriving well into the future as the needs of many guests continue. 

“The Cummings Foundation grant will help us to enjoy a greener, more sustainable way of existing going forward,” said Sirois, Bread & Roses’ executive director as of November 2015.   “ . . . It allows us to consider more options for improving how we exist in the community. Quite honestly, we’ve dreamed of this opportunity for a long while, and will do everything in our power to stretch [the funding] as far as it can possibly go.”

The $100K for 100 program supports nonprofits that are not only based in but also primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties. This year, the program is benefiting 41 different cities and towns within the Commonwealth. Cummings Foundation aims to give back in the area where it owns commercial buildings, all of which are managed, at no cost to the Foundation, by its affiliate Cummings Properties. Founded in 1970 by Bill Cummings of Winchester, the Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages more than 10 million square feet of space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.

“We admire and very much appreciate the important work that nonprofit organizations like Bread & Roses are doing in the local communities where our colleagues and clients live and work,” said Joel Swets, Cummings Foundation’s executive director. “We are delighted to support their efforts.”

This year’s diverse group of grant recipients represents a wide variety of causes, including education, homelessness prevention, elder services, healthcare, and food insecurity, Most of the grants will be paid over two to five years.

The complete list of 100 grant winners is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org.