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B&R Welcomes new ED Jessica Perrault-Gordon
Transitions are afoot at Bread & Roses! We are excited to welcome new Executive Director Jessica Perrault-Gordon.
Jessica has lived in the Merrimack Valley since 2004 and has worked in the nonprofit arena, within the region, since 2010. She holds a Master’s Degree in Substance Abuse Counseling and has worked in the nonprofit field for over 13 years. Jessica brings extensive experience with individuals facing addiction, incarceration, homelessness, and mental illness and remains steadfast in her passion for social justice and economic equity for all. Jessica is overjoyed to begin her journey as Director. She is excited to step in during this transitional period and lead our community into the future with kindness and compassion.
A fun time was had by all on the Hannah Glover setting out from the Pickering Wharf August 6th! It was wonderful to reconnect with some familiar faces and to introduce new ED Jessica Gordon to the community.
Thanks to all of you who came out, donated raffle items and pitched in to our Giving Board...let's do it again soon.
Ceiling Tiles Complete Dining Room Renovations
These ceiling tiles are only the latest part of a huge project that we've been able to undertake thanks to the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation. Because of their generous $20,000 grant, we've been able to renovate the entire first floor of 58 Newbury Street - including new floors, freshly painted walls, new chairs, new plates and upgraded table tops!
Dear B&R Family,
As you may have already learned, the arrival of summer will also herald my departure from the role of Director at Bread & Roses. This hasn't been an easy decision to make. I had always thought that I'd be with Bread & Roses for several more years. However, the last year has impacted my life in many ways, leading me to realize that it's time to start the next chapter.
You are all a huge part of what's made Bread & Roses the wonderful place that it is. Since the doors opened over 40 years ago, B&R has been a beacon of hope and safety in Lawrence. The volunteers were a driving force in that. And, along with staff and guests, you've weaved those years into something that really has taken on a life of its own. Our B&R family - that's what's made all the difference.
This year has been a challenge like no other and we’ve emerged from the other side stronger and even more dedicated to the mission. I'm proud that I could play a part in not only leading the growth of Bread & Roses - with new programs and a deeper capacity to serve more folks - but also in finding creative ways to meet the need during the pandemic. It was so important for me to ensure that this special place, and the work we do, will endure another four decades.
This time has been wonderful. Thank you for all the support, hard work, and inspiration. Be sure to keep in touch, and look
for me in the basement early in the morning. My next triumph might be to eventually get the white table. For now, it's time
to snuggle some babies and find out what Yellowstone looks like at 5 am. Thank you for sharing my journey with me. - Sue
Curative will offer ongoing vaccination clinics at B&R this summer every Monday 4-6 pm starting August 9th. The clinic will be set up in the back parking lot of Bread & Roses at 58 Newbury Street in Lawrence. Participants will receive a $20 Market Basket card.