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Organization DBA Bread & Roses, Inc.
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

Founded in 1980, Bread & Roses’ primary purpose is to ease the hunger of people in our community by providing a well-balanced, nutritious evening meal. All in need are welcome to our center to partake in a community meal in a peaceful, friendly environment. Guided by a spirit of hospitality and nonviolence, respect for the dignity of each person who comes through the door is a hallmark of our community. Upon further exploration of Bread & Roses, one will find much more than a soup kitchen as we have expanded to provide numerous human services. 

Mission Statement

Founded in 1980, Bread & Roses’ primary purpose is to ease the hunger of people in our community by providing a well-balanced, nutritious evening meal. All in need are welcome to our center to partake in a community meal in a peaceful, friendly environment. Guided by a spirit of hospitality and nonviolence, respect for the dignity of each person who comes through the door is a hallmark of our community. Upon further exploration of Bread & Roses, one will find much more than a soup kitchen as we have expanded to provide numerous human services. 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Income $477,360.00
Projected Expense $459,745.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Evening Meal Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Overview

Mission Statement

Founded in 1980, Bread & Roses’ primary purpose is to ease the hunger of people in our community by providing a well-balanced, nutritious evening meal. All in need are welcome to our center to partake in a community meal in a peaceful, friendly environment. Guided by a spirit of hospitality and nonviolence, respect for the dignity of each person who comes through the door is a hallmark of our community. Upon further exploration of Bread & Roses, one will find much more than a soup kitchen as we have expanded to provide numerous human services. 

Background Statement

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 the local strikes, calling for not only bread for their starving families but also for 'roses' - the dignity of being treated with humanity and compassion.  The following lines from the song capture their humble plea: 
“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!”
By adopting this name we express our solidarity with all courageous women and men who struggle for food and dignity in their lives. We strive to be a center of hospitality where “bread” is generously available to all and where “roses,” or the beauty and genuine reverence for the dignity of each person, are valued.
 
Bread & Roses has over 150 dedicated volunteers with diverse backgrounds, including doctors, lawyers, engineers and professionals. The majority of the volunteers have been a part of the organization for many years. There are currently two full time and six part-time paid employees. The staffing consists of a full-time Executive Director, a full-time Volunteer Coordinator and Grants Manager, two part–time food coordinators, a part-time assistant food coordinator, two part-time kitchen staff, and a part-time maintenance person.  The current Executive Director has been at the organization for over 34 years and has a wide breadth of experience in the food and private industry. Our food coordinators and maintenance employees have all been long-time volunteers at Bread and Roses. 

Impact Statement

In addition to serving evening meals, Bread and Roses provides guests with an emergency food pantry, seasonal clothing items, hygiene and toiletry products, medical services, diapers and baby food/formula, school supplies, and case management services. Over the course of the last few years, the number of requests for emergency food, clothing, and hygiene products has continued to increase. Fortunately, we have been able to provide those in need with basic hygiene products like soap, shampoo, deodorant and razors. Additionally, the healthcare services and fully equipped, private medical examination room have been consistently used and provide elements of adequate health care for guests who may not otherwise have access to medical services. All of our services are provided to guests free of costs and are available to anyone in need, no questions asked. 

In 2011, Bread & Roses partnered with Groundwork Lawrence to establish a 7,000 sq. ft. community garden at Costello Park. The garden provides us with fresh, locally grown vegetables several times a month that we use frequently in our evening meals and as take-home items that our guests can choose. This partnership has allowed Bread & Roses to enhance the nutritional value of our meals and encourage healthy eating in the lives of our guests outside of our services. 
 
Most recently, with the hire of our Community Engagement Coordinator, we began officially offering individualized case management services for our guests. Our full-time case manager assists guests in need with navigating social services, obtaining gainful employment, acquiring affordable and stable housing, seeking treatment for addiction and substance abuse, and providing survival necessities for those experiencing homelessness and residing outdoors. 
 
 

Needs Statement

The guests who use the services at Bread & Roses are experiencing hardships in their life. Bread & Roses provides the community with hope by helping with the necessities - food, hygiene products, and medical services. The community has been strongly affected by economic and social conditions and is in need of our assistance now, more than ever. Bread & Roses’ philosophy is to never ask who, why or where. We believe that anyone who enters our establishment, regardless of their circumstances, receives any and all of our services.

As a certified 501(c)(3), non-profit organization, Bread & Roses relies on the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations. We neither request nor accept federal or state funding. Because of this support model, Bread & Roses is always in need of both operational and capital funding from generous and compassionate donors. In addition, our emergency food pantry and soup kitchen rely completely on food donations from individuals, corporations, and local community churches or organizations and we always welcome those who wish to give. We are also grateful for any hygiene, medical, clothing or personal care products donated to our inventory that we can supply to those in need during the holidays as gift items or year-round on a need basis.


CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

NORTHEAST REGION, MA
Merrimack Valley; Lawrence, MA. 

Organization Categories

  1. Food, Agriculture & Nutrition - Soup Kitchens
  2. Food, Agriculture & Nutrition - Food Banks, Food Pantries
  3. Human Services - Human Services

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

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Programs

Evening Meal Program

· Five nights per week between 5:00pm – 7:00 pm, our meals are served to 100-200 guests in two dining rooms. Along with the help of meal providers, Bread & Roses prepares well-balanced meals with at least 3-4 ounces of protein.

Budget  $9,000.00
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Meal Distribution
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Homeless Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Program Short-Term Success 

Bread and Roses spends less than $9,000.00 on food per year, yet provides approximately 65,000 meals, most served in our dining room, while some are distributed to guests to take home or brought under the bridges to feed the homeless there. We employ only three full-time staff, and utilize approximately 1,500 volunteer hours per month.

Program Long-Term Success  At Bread and Roses, our goal is to continue to provide free services to our guests without interruption and we are continuously seeking opportunities to add necessary services, and to improve the health and general well being of our guests and community members. The food, hygiene products, medical care, and case management have become a vital part of the community’s ability to live a healthier and more stable lifestyle.
Program Success Monitored By  Since our organization neither charges for services nor accepts fees, there is no official evaluation process. We measure our success one person at a time, one meal at a time, and one thank you at a time.
Examples of Program Success 

We serve between 125 - 150 people each night, five nights per week. Many of our guests are some of the most vulnerable and at-risk in the community. Bread & Roses provides a safe, clean, caring environment in which all are welcome to enjoy a meal, no questions asked. 


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Susan McGibbon-Sirois
CEO Term Start Nov 2015
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 6
Number of Volunteers 200
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 7
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 7
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Quarterly
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Mr Larry Hall
Board Chair Company Affiliation Segreve and Hall Insurance
Board Chair Term Jan 2005 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Dave Brown Business & Bookkeeping Service, LLC Voting
Blaise Coco Coco, Early & Associates Voting
Jean Cookson Bread and Roses Voting
Leland Fastnacht Enterprise Bank Voting
Kathy FitzPatrick Merrimack College Voting
Larry Hall Segreve & Hall Insurance Voting
Carol Lewis Retired Voting
Susan Moore Retired Voting
Gary Tapp Tapp Consulting Group Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 4
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 10%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Income $477,360.00
Projected Expense $459,745.00
Form 990s

2016 990

2015 990

2014 990

Audit Documents

2016 Financial Statements

2015 Financial Statements

2014 Financial Statements

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $352,334 $300,637 $440,349
Total Expenses $385,860 $248,456 $306,095

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- $0
Individual Contributions $326,882 $282,021 $427,991
Indirect Public Support -- -- $0
Earned Revenue -- -- $0
Investment Income, Net of Losses $25,452 $18,616 $12,358
Membership Dues -- -- $0
Special Events -- -- $0
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- $0

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $325,727 $219,026 $261,995
Administration Expense $21,123 $19,499 $18,837
Fundraising Expense $39,010 $9,931 $25,263
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.91 1.21 1.44
Program Expense/Total Expenses 84% 88% 86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 12% 4% 6%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $769,089 $822,431 $781,193
Current Assets $153,988 $238,320 $228,755
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $4,950 $2,000 $4,112
Total Net Assets $764,139 $820,431 $777,081

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 31.11 119.16 55.63

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Documents


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.

Impact

The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.


1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

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2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

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3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

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4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

Since our organization neither charges for services nor accepts fees, there is no official evaluation process. We measure our success one person at a time, one meal at a time, and one thank you at a time. 

5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

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