Kristina comes with an extensive background in homeless and addiction services.  Kristina is currently the Senior Case Manager at Lifebridge in Salem, MA.  At Lifebridge, Kristina works with individual men and women, providing them with intensive case management and programmatic services to end their homelessness. Before Lifebridge, Kristina was a Recovery Specialist at the Pegasus House in Lawrence.  Kristina decided to enter into homeless services with a focus in addiction, after the overdose death of her daughter's father in 2011, who was homeless numerous times due to his disease of addiction. She enrolled in Northern Essex Community College and graduated in 2013 and recently became a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor.  Kristina believes strongly that to help someone end their homelessness and focus on recovery, the individual needs a network of support and services.  Kristina currently lives in Haverhill with her two children Gianna (13) and Jaxon (1).

Kristina Holmes

Anita has been in recovery since 2012 and am 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

Cassie is the Marketing and Events Manager for the Kendall Square Association, managing multiple large and small scale events throughout the years and running a series of marketing campaigns around the innovation economy of Kendall Square, Cambridge. Before beginning with the Kendall Square Association, Cassie worked as an architectural designer for various architecture and engineering firms and currently serves on the Executive Board of Directors for Sustainable Healthcare for Haiti, a nonprofit organization based in Greater Boston. Cassie is a native of Illinois and has two young children and three cats. She received her BS in Architecture from Southern Illinois University and attended the Boston Architectural College.

 

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. 

Danielle Fernekees

Cassandra R. Grey-Sautelet

about us

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 of how to assist and work with women in need.