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As a Team Leader of Merrimack Valley Hope Mission, I met Nicole when we visited her recovery house in Lynn. I felt a strong connection to her and the passion she has to assist women in recovery. I have seen friends and family fall into addiction, one resulting in death and others still struggling. I am totally dedicated to Ruth’s Way for Women and Nicole to help in all ways to assist women in recovery and expand our outreach efforts. My background is in sales and marketing which I will utilize to promote the efforts of Ruth’s Way for Women.

Sue Noonan

Anita has been in recovery since 2012 and is dedicated to the women who are still struggling with addiction and the shame that comes with that leaving that life behind. She is a Certified Recovery Coach and currently works as a Recovery Specialist at Lahey Behavioral Health. Anita, also has a passion for advocating and supporting women as they exit the commercial sex trade. She works part time as a Ministry Coordinator for Bags of Hope Ministries. Bags of Hope serves as an outreach to women on the streets and programs in Massachusetts. Many women in drug recovery have been affected by sex trafficking, prostitution, and homelessness. Anita lives in Revere with her son, Brandon who is 18 years old.

Anita Cuhna

I am in long-term recovery and am the mother of Benjamin Daniel.  I am peer recovery coach/peer support specialist for the Town of Winthrop, providing recovery support to the community.  I am on the Drug Court team of East Boston Drug Court, connecting participants to recovery services and a recovery network.  I am part of a pilot program at Suffolk County House of Corrections that is designed to deliver services to each individual entering the Suffolk County Jail or House of Correction in need of recovery services from substance abuse. Participants in the Recovery Partnership will be connected to community-based service providers prior to their release and will be guided through the early recovery process, building a successful network of support in the neighborhoods where they live.  Most importantly I love Jesus, my son, my family and my friends. I love serving God, wherever he takes me, whether it be out with my son, giving out socks and mittens on the street or on the front lines of battling the drug epidemic. 

Ruth’s Way is the manifestation of a burning desire that has been in my heart for many years. As a teenager working next to the Boston Commons I began to recognize the devastating effects of addiction and homelessness. Today I can identify with some of the struggles that these women face. I believe that when a woman makes healthy, active, well-thought-out decisions, she is a better woman, daughter, sister, and mother. 


As long as a person is living they have the opportunity to be saved and live a successful life free from addiction and an invisible form of slavery.  Every day is a new beginning, and today may be the day a person decides to take the steps to turn their life around. I hope to express the same mercy and grace that the Lord has shown me, to others. Shifting to positive, true, and accurate thoughts help us to focus on truth and finding 
strength that God has already given us.


Working with people in recovery has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. There are times when we are planting seeds and other times we are blessed to witness the changes that people allow in their lives that will bring true change. 

Sue became a board member in January 2018. She comes to us with volunteer experience in several significant North Shore women ‘s ministries including: Amirah, Bags of Hope and Route 1 Ministries.  Also, she has been connected with the Saugus Faith Community as their secretary for many years; and for 15 years she (and her husband) organized Saugus’ National Day of Prayer Observance. 

Sue’s favorite scripture and life verse is Micah 6:8 “He has showed you, O Man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of You? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” With a heart for women’s issues, she realizes there are a lot of confused, manipulated and abused women living right near us that need to be loved right where they are at.  She is very excited to be involved with Ruth’s Way for Women! She lives in Saugus, MA with her wonderful and supportive husband, Michael. 


Danielle Fernekees

about us

Brenda Haskell

Amanda Bishop

Amanda Lawrence

Nicole Lawrence-OBrien

Founder & Executive Director

Karen Masiello

I am currently a college student in the Boston area.  Everyone I know has been affected by addiction in one way or another.  I have always enjoyed talking with and helping people.  I hope to learn more about how to assist and work with women in need.