The​ ​weather​ ​is​ ​turning​ ​again, with summer ​gone​ ​and​ ​the​ ​cold​ ​of​ ​winter​ ​ahead.​ ​​ ​Bread​ ​& ​Roses bristles​ ​with​ ​activity​ ​during​ ​the​ ​holiday season​ ​each​ ​year,​ ​from​ ​our​ ​Thanksgiving​ ​morning​ ​brunch through​ ​the​ New Year.​​ ​During​ ​that​ ​time,​ ​we’ll​ ​have​ ​a​ ​photographer​ ​in​ ​to take​ ​Christmas​ ​photos​ ​of​ ​our​ ​guests,​ ​and​ ​distribute our annual​ holiday bags full of warm winter necessities.​ ​​ ​As​ ​is​ ​the case​ ​in​ ​all​ ​of​ ​our​ ​homes,​ ​everyone​ ​here​ ​at​ ​Bread​ ​& ​Roses​ ​welcomes​ ​the​ ​time​ ​with​ ​family​ ​and friends​ ​to​ ​give​ ​thanks​ ​for​ ​the​ ​many​ ​blessing​s ​that​ ​we​ ​have,​ ​and​ ​to​ ​rejoice​ ​in​ ​the​ ​season. 

We’re​ ​so​ ​grateful​ ​to​ ​have​ ​such​ ​a​ ​large​ ​extended​ ​family​ of ​long-time and brand new volunteers,​ ​guests,​ ​staff,​ ​donors​ ​and​ supporters.​ ​​ ​It’s​ ​always​ ​fascinating​ ​to​ ​listen​ ​to the​ ​‘long​-​timers’​ ​sit​ ​and​ ​reminisce​ ​about​ ​how​ ​Bread​ & Roses​ ​came​ ​to​ ​be,​ ​when​ ​a​ ​handful​ ​of selfless​ ​individuals​ ​came​ ​together​ ​to​ ​meet​ ​an​ ​unmet​ ​need​ ​in​ ​their​ ​community. Their collective goal was​ ​to​ ​not​ ​only provide​ ​food​ ​and​ ​warmth​ ​for​ ​those​ ​in​ ​need,​ ​but​ create​ ​an atmosphere of​ ​caring​ ​dignity​ ​and​ ​an​ ​unwavering respect​ ​for​ ​all ​who​ ​enter the​ ​building. ​ Over the decades,​​ ​services​ have been added,​ ​faces​ have ​changed,​ ​but​ ​the mission​ ​has always​ ​remained​ ​the​ ​same​ ​-​ ​hot, nutritious​ ​food​ ​served​ ​with​ ​dignity​ ​and​ ​respect​ ​in​ ​a warm,​ ​safe​ ​environment.

Bread​ ​and​ ​Roses​ ​came​ ​into​ ​being​ ​because​ ​a​ ​group​ ​of​ ​committed​ ​individuals​ strived to provide​ ​for​ ​others​ ​in​ ​need,​ ​and​ ​38​ ​years​ ​later,​ ​we​ ​continue​ ​to​ ​exist​ ​for​ ​the​ ​same​ ​reason.​ ​​This​ ​past​ ​year​ ​has​ ​been​ ​a​ ​time​ ​of​ ​enormous​ ​changes​ ​in​ ​the​ ​world,​ ​and​ ​sometimes​ ​we​ ​may​ ​feel​ ​a bit​ ​overwhelmed​ ​with​ ​what​ ​we​ ​​cannot​​ ​do​ ​-​ ​I​ ​ask​ ​you​ ​to​ ​believe​ ​in​ ​doing​ ​the​ ​good​ ​that’s​ ​possible for​ ​​each​ ​of​ ​us.​ ​If​ ​we​ ​all​ ​do​ ​our​ ​part,​ ​the​ ​work​ ​continues.​ ​​



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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!"
Deepak​ ​Chopra​ ​said,​ ​“All​ ​great​ ​changes​ ​are​ ​preceded​ ​by​ ​chaos."
Change is a part of life that’s not always good, or easy, but happens whether we’re ready or not. While Bread and Roses has always shifted quietly to adapt to the needs of the community, outwardly, there’s never been a bump to acknowledge that a change would come. Although change can be difficult, it brings new opportunity. Here at Bread & Roses, we welcome this kind of change as well as the opportunity to better serve our community of staff, volunteers, and guests. 

In the past year, Bread and Roses has been awarded two large grant awards, and as a result, we’re seeing huge changes around the building. The first award was $100,000 from the Cummings Foundation. This grant has been utilized to purchase solar panels, install new windows for the second floor offices, remodel the kitchen, add a composter, and gardening boxes, so we can grow vegetables and flowers for our own use, and for a few other program needs. Most of the work done in the kitchen was coordinated and completed by a new volunteer, Jim, and with the help of our loyal helpers George and Tony. Jim used his skills to build a beautiful, comfortable space with lots of storage. Now, everything that belongs the kitchen is in the kitchen!

The second grant we received was from the Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund, awarded to address food insecurity in the community. We were able to use a portion of it to purchase a ‘new to us’ van, some for a portion of our case manager’s salary, and the remainder for the necessary  environmentally-friendly outreach materials. Our outreach van has allowed us to access bigger and more frequent food donations, and to share this bounty with both individuals and partnering agencies. Particularly in the colder weather, when so many in the community struggle with basic life necessities, Bread and Roses was able to enhance our work space to be more efficient, and acquire more resources to alleviate hunger, to provide critical life supports, and to coordinate necessary services within our community.