Testimonial: Portsmouth Middle School

To Whom It May Concern: I am pleased to write this letter of recommendation for Richard Barnes.  Richard spoke to our 7th and 8th graders this year about his trials and tribulations dealing with this addictions and have found his story to efficient and effective. Richard captivated these youngsters and made a difference in their thinking.  He was respectful and diligent in his talk. I have no hesitation in recommending the services of Richard Barnes, and we will certainly be calling on him again as the need arises.  Please feel free to contact me regarding this recommendation if required. Best Regards, Erica C. Sousa 6th and 8th Grade Guidance


Testimonial: DARE to Dream

To Whom It May Concern: For the last twenty two years I have had the opportunity of running the DARE to Dream Summer Day Program in the communities of Wrentham, Plainville, and Norfolk. The program is designed to include alternative activities to reinforce teh concept that we can all have fun while staying drug free. Some activities include safety workshops, D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) lessons on Alternatives and Building Self Esteem. We had the opportunity in our grade eight program to have Rich Barnes, a recovering addict, speak to our students on his personal struggles with drugs and alcohol. Mr. Barnes presentation was captivating to our students on so many levels. Rich spoke about this drug use and abuse and eventually recovery. I truly admired the message tha twas delivered. her stressed how important it is to make good choices and decision in your life an to pursue help […]


Testimonial: Jacqui Delano

May 31, 2012 To Whom It May Concern, On March 31, 2012, I attended a three-hour seminar at Bristol Plymouth Regional Technical High School entitled “Journey Through alcohol Abuse.”  During this seminar, Richard Barnes openly discussed his year of alcohol and drug addition and hi successful, although difficult, recovery.  As an 8th Grade teacher and, most importantly, mother of a 17 year-old-son, I strongly recommend Mr. Barnes as a speaker to middle and high school students.  I would feel very comfortable having my son, as well as my students, attend a presentation give by Mr. Barnes.  I believe that young adults will be able to connect with his openness and down-to-earth speaking style. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions at


Testimonial: Old Rochester Regional Junior High School

May 29, 2014 Rich Barnes shared his personal story about addiction and recovery with our staff and entire student body.  His sincerity and candor wre evident to all  Students though he was “brutally hoest” and that they know peers “who needed to hear that message”.  I agree. Sincerly, Kevin T. Brogioli Principal Old Rochester Regional Jr. High School


Testimonial: East Bridgewater Junior Senior High School

To Whom it May Concern: During the 2013-2014 school year Rich Barnes spoke to the 7th and 8th grade students at East Bridgewater Jr./Sr. High School. The presentation focused on Mr. Barnes 25 year struggle with drugs and alcohol and his long road to recovery. This presentation was captivating for all in attendance, and the message that is delivered is critical for all young people to hear. I strongly recommend this presentation for all students. IF you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Sincerely, Adam Dackers, Assistant Principal Grades 7 and 8


Testimonial: Holbrook Junior-Senior High School

May 8, 2014 To Whom It May Concern: Every year around prom season we try to bring in a guest speaker to talk with our upperclassmen about the dangers of alcohol and drugs. This year, we were fortunate enough to have Rich Barnes address the students from the point of view of a recovering addict which is a perspective that most of them had not heard before. His presentation was both informative and thought provoking. Our students identified that they were captivated by the story Mr. Barnes shared and they were grateful for the opportunity to ask questions when he finished his presentation. As an administrator, I was especially pleased with the way Mr. Barnes carried himself and interacted with the students. He was careful to stress that good decision making is the key to being successful and that seeking help is the best way to overcome difficult situations in […]


Testimonial: East Bridgewater Junior-Senior High School

April 2014, It is with pleasure I write this letter of recommendation on behal of Mr. Richard Barnes. Mr. Barnes has spoken twice at East Bridgewater Junior Senior High School; one to our 7th and 8th graders and one to 11th and 12th graders. His story about struggles with addiction was real and students of all ages could relate to it. I would recommend him without reservation. Sincerely, Paul D. Vieira Principal East Bridgewater Junior/Senior High School


Testimonial: Old Colony Correctional Facility

March 27, 2014 Dear Mr. Barnes, I am writing to thank you for coming here to Old Colony Correctional Center and speaking to our inmates. From start to finish we found your visit to be very positive experience. Your prompt arrival and meeting all our security requirements aided the efficiency of our tight scheduling needs. We appreciate your professionalism and attention to detail. Your speech was inspirational. We have received very positive feedback from inmates and staff alike. Our inmates felt that your honesty during the interactions following your story made the progressiona of your journey so much more accessible to them. The personable connection that your made your audience highlighted how they too can make it a happier place. They honestly do want to make that transition. We feel that the benefit of your experience will be a factor in helping them to attain that goal. We very much […]


Testimonial: Holbrook Junior Senior High School

January 24, 2014 To Whom It May Concern: On January 24, 2014, Mr. Rich Barnes spoke to our junior high school students in an honest, straightforward but age appropriate manner. The students were absolutely captivated along with all of the adults that heard Rich speak about his personal battle with drugs and alcohol. Rich is an excellent speaker that tells a very compelling story about drug use, abuse and eventual recovery. His presentation is message driven and continually connects back to his theme of good decision making, seeking out help when needed and honesty. Rich his passionate, genuine and motivated about warning and preventing children from becoming involved with drugs. I strongly recommend Rich as a speaker to middle and high school students about the perils of drug use. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. Sincerely Vincent Hayward Principal HJSHS 781-815-1615


Testimonial: East Middle School

During the 2012-2013 school year, Richard Barnes spoke to the entire student body at East Middle School. During this presentation, Mr. Barnes openly discussed his years of alcohol and drug addiction and his journey to recovery. I strongly recommend Mr. Barnes as a speaker to middle school students. I believe that his message regarding the potential dangers of drugs and alcohol is important for young people to hear. Dennis Geniuch, Assistant Principal, East Middle School, Brockton