Ruth’s House Ambassadors

Ambassadors are the complimentary partner of the Board of Directors. Board of Directors primarily focus on the internal workings and running of the organization.  Our Ambassadors are the promotional and public relations arm of the organization — externally focused on awareness, education and fundraising support. Ambassadors believe in and promote the mission, goals, and values of Ruth’s House. They are the walking embodiment of the good that Ruth’s Place contributes to the community.

Joe D’Amore

Joe D’Amore is the Founder and Team Leader of the Merrimack Valley Hope Mission (MVHM), a humanitarian project, which serves the poor and homeless of Merrimack Valley. The Mission is an informal support group devoted to providing “basic needs” to those living in poverty and are homeless. MVHM’s work is street-based outreach, with their mission to serve the poor, homeless and marginalized people to radically empower each other and fully share our common humanity and mutually restore dignity and self-respect. The four main constituency groups that the MVHM supports, include the following priorities: #1: Weekly Bagged Lunches, #2: Private Visit Missions, #3: A “Child’s Wish” and #4: Homeless Veteran’s Outreach & Services.

Joe and the Merrimack Valley Hope Mission team put together 216 Back to School Backpacks for local children in September 2019!

Joe and Eva are partnering with a number of winter projects: one being Celebration of Stars – with a goal of having 300 people donate $100 each to support Ruth’s House. As well as winter weather drives.

Gary Jaffarian

Gary Jaffarian is President and CEO of Jaffarian Volvo Toyota, an award-winning family owned business spanning four generations and more than 85 years.  Like the generations before him, Gary manages the business with an unwavering commitment to treating customers with great care and respect and delivering an unprecedented level of service and support.

One thing that has always set Jaffarian apart is its commitment to generously giving back to the community, particularly in the area of organized sports.  The legacy began with Gary’s grandfather who supported everything from Little League to YMCA Junior Football.  This tradition remains stronger than ever under Gary’s leadership. The GameOn program alone raised more than $50,000 for high schools throughout the Merrimack Valley, making it less costly for families who want their kids to participate in sports.

Jaffarian Volvo Toyota is proud of their continued commitment to the community and ability to give to those who can thrive and be empowered by opportunities made available. From the local Boys and Girls Clubs, to Emmaus House, to Toys for Tots, Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at Nevins Farm, to the Essex County Community Foundation, to Jaffarian’s own Youth in Motion … the Jaffarian’s are willing to make a difference for individuals and organizations. 

Gary Jaffarian and his Team are partnering with Ruth’s House on Jaffarian Cares.  When someone from Ruth’s House visits Jaffarian Volvo Toyota and purchases a new or used vehicle – Jaffarian will donate $100 to Ruth’s House! 

Eva Montibello

Eva Montibello is a brand evangelist helping organizations and individuals to develop a clear and strategic trajectory to accomplish their goals.  After working in private industry for more than 20 years and helping to pass six bills in the Massachusetts State Legislature, she founded Alpha E Consulting.

Alpha E Consulting is a full-service communications and branding company committed to helping organizations and individuals reach their desired goals by creating a powerful strategic trajectory.  Traditional marketing serves the immediate goals and short term needs of an organization.  Every solution developed by Alpha E Consulting is strategic – based on accomplishing key goals and measured over time to help create long term solutions.  Eva completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations from Salem State College. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Communications Management from Simmons College where she completed her degree with a thesis on communications frameworks for preventing child sexual abuse.

Eva and Joe are partnering with a number of winter projects: one being Celebration of Stars – with a goal of having 300 people donate $100 each to support Ruth’s House. As well as winter weather drives.

Ambassador Duties


Ambassadors are the complimentary partner to the Ruth’s House Board of Directors.  Ambassadors believe in and promote the mission, goals, and values of Ruth’s House and are the walking embodiment of the good that Ruth’s House contributes to the community. 

Ambassador Primary Functions:

  • Share about the clothing vouchers and job training support that Ruth’s House provides to local area citizens in order to expand the support network reach to provide for more individuals and families.
  • Provide outreach to the greater community and region to solicit donations and services to benefit Ruth’s House clientele at The Thrift Shop.
  • To celebrate the good works of the community and the organization — and to be a bridge between services that are available in the Merrimack Valley.

Ambassador Guidelines:

  • Ambassadors spend about two (2) hour per month or at least one service project (taking an estimated 24 hours) sharing about Ruth’s House’s either online, in communications, in real life at personal or professional events.
  • Ambassadors are listed on the Ruth’s House Ambassador web page and promoted on Facebook to spread the word to greater area networks. A press release will be issued to announce new ambassadors as needed. 
  • Commitment is one year.
Would you like to be an ambassador? Register here!