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Phone: 415-945-7120
233 Tamalpais Dr Ste 100
Corte Madera
California 94925

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Geographic areas served: San Francisco Bay Area

Programs: Bread & Roses presents 550 live performances annually in eight San Francisco Bay Area counties. Among the facilities we serve are hospitals and rehabilitation centers, senior convalescent homes, mental health facilities, special needs schools, homes for the developmentally disabled, shelters for the abused or homeless, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, youth detention facilities, and low-income daycares. The importance of providing hope and compassionate contact to isolated individuals is immeasurable. Our society relies on institutionalization for a myriad of social, health and economic problems while at the same time isolating those institutionalized from the healing experiences and compassionate contact they need to mend. More than 110 institutions rely on Bread & Roses to provide an uplifting healing experience for their clients. They cannot afford to replace our services and no one else does what we do as a gift to these under-served individuals in our community. In order to accomplish our goals, our staff of nine (three of whom are part-time) facilitates the contributions of 1,500 volunteers.

Increasing access to the arts for members of the public who are ill, institutionalized, incarcerated or impoverished is the special focus of Bread & Roses.Founded in 1974 by singer/songwriter Mimi Fariña, Bread & Roses has worked for more than three decades at the crossroads of arts and social services to enable isolated and institutionalized individuals to have the unique, restorative experience of being lifted beyond oneself and one?s current circumstances that is possible through live music and performing art.

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Bread and Roses consistently reaches out to those people who are out of the mainstream due to physical, financial or other limitations. These folks especially need the magic that music provides in healing the soul. I witnessed this magic while working at a women's shelter in San Francisco. Bread ... more »
After playing host at a skilled nursing home and introducing a young vocalist, i.e., another Bread & Roses volunteer, I sat back and listened to her singing old standards of the 40's, songs of love and love lost. Sitting beside me was a petite woman, her white hair in a bun, tapper her toes in a ... more »
I have had the magnificent good fortune to volunteer for many B&R events, over the last 10 years or so. That the organization still does what it does best, and that they do more of it, every year, is a success story worthy of fulsome praise and steadfast support... more »
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