Board of Directors



Rachel Matos


In 2016, Rachel graduated from a Lasell College with a degree in Criminal Justice. Rachel currently works as the Outreach & Prevention Coordinator at a dual domestic and sexual violence agency in Framingham. She is extremely passionate about the overlap between homelessness and domestic violence, as well as the increased risk between homelessness and trafficking.

She loves traveling, meeting new people, and staying up to date on current topics!


Lakenya rivers

Lakenya Rivers is the Founder and Executive Director of F.A.M.I.L.Y. Movement. This organization functions by providing educational opportunities to the 200+ plus women and families annually Lakenya currently works with. In the role of “life coach,” she presents workshops focusing on self-esteem, professionalism, parenting, finances, and more. F.A.M.I.L.Y. Movement’s primary goal is mentoring young women in homeless shelters, inspiring them to strive for a successful future. Lakenya’s extensive work with community organizations has garnered much acclaim. She is a sought after speaker, bringing hope to audiences comprised of woman in transition. Lakenya was also nominated and granted the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Woman award in 2009 for doing great works in the community. In March 2014, she was featured on Chronicle, WCVB News on a segment geared towards Boston Strong with Bridge Over Troubled Waters which is the shelter resided in as a teen mother, and now mentors life skills with mothers and youth to help them become self-sufficient. Lakenya now resides in a beautiful condo in Dorchester with her husband, sister and 3 children.



Natasha White


Natasha’s career has primarily been in healthcare, but she is currently seeking to get into government. She is also finishing up her Nonprofit Management Certificate, and she has a one woman consulting company. She endeavors to use all of her skills to help others be the best they can be.

Natasha is active in a number of organizations; she was raised with the understanding that no matter what, you should give back. Her upbringing, along with her faith, propel her to live in a way that she is a servant leader.

Natasha greatly enjoys food. Seriously. She is known to delight in a great steak; has threatened loved ones over the last of food, and has been known not to share brownies that her best friend makes. She has a love for furry animals (live and stuffed) and would love to have a dog one day soon. She recently purchased her first home, back in the town she grew up in, and is enjoying being part of the community.



David Urkevich

David serves Samaritan's Steps as Treasurer. In this capacity, he advises the leaders on key financial issues and helps execute their vision for the organization and its long-term goals. An upstate New York native, David enjoys being active outdoors and spending time with friends and family. David lives in Boston's South End with his wife, Danielle.