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: 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


Testimonial: Annette L.

“Rich is a powerhouse! He is full of life, wisdom, gratitude, patience and best of all – an unquenchable desire to make the lives of others better in any way, shape or form possible. He has a “gift” – an innate ability to strike a balance between being this bold and direct force yet a kind, gentle and easy spirit. It enables him to support us with our challenges as well as propel us forward toward our personal growth and goals. He is beyond thoughtful, beyond giving. In fact, what he does is beyond anything I could put into words eloquently. Rich was intent on helping me come to terms with a life-long “wound” between my mother and I that I never imagined I could ever approach let alone place at rest after 30 long years. Because of his relentless guidance, his direct involvement transformed the relationship I now have […]


Testimonial: Rodney Prince

Apply the ‘Theory of Nomenclature’ for the purist understanding of what Rich Barnes can mean to you and your life!! If ever someone’s name is an indication of what they offer to life, it would be Rich! I can think of no higher JOY than the feeling, that overcomes me when I read his ‘offerings’ on life! I taunted him about writing a book, while it was unwittingly, in the process of completion. I immediately procured a copy and cannot get it to enough people, to share the ‘uplifting’ spirit, contained on the pages. I’ve not read a book that adds so much value to life, in such a simple way! The wisdom and knowledge that comes from this man, will leave you in awe! I see how much better of a person I am, from adopting and enacting his perspectives into MY life!!!!!! In one word……… EMPOWERING! Rich, “Thanks” […]


Testimonial: Marion L.

“Recently I had the pleasure of getting to know Rich Barnes through a story I am publishing in my book about personal development, success stories, triumph and faith. I dedicated an entire chapter to his story because I feel he is such an inspiration for those seeking help and those who are unaware they even need help yet. His honesty in telling his story will make a difference for others in need. I believe he will help many individuals throughout his lifetime by sharing his story of addiction that lead to a wonderful place of hope, love and a new beginning. He is truly a hero in my eyes. I know his existence on this Universe is to help others to change their lives by sharing his experiences with them. Rich is a man who is following his mission in life by helping others.” Marion L. , PA


Testimonial; Stephanie Blackman, Riverhaven Books

“Rich has created a book that is truly a path to knowing how to live life well. “Steps to a Richer Life” is an excellent book for anyone who wants to remember what it’s all about.” Stephanie Blackman Owner, Riverhaven Books


Testimonial: Deb K.

“The positive things that Richard Barnes did that impacted my life is getting me out of a severe depression. When I felt alone and saddened, he knew what to say to make me feel happy and alive again which allowed me to live life to the full. He is a wonderful man and I will never forget what he has done for me.” Deb K., MA


Testimonial: South Middle School

May 8, 2012 To Whom it May Concern: On May 2, 2012, Richard Barnes spoke to the entire student body at South Middle School. Mr. Barnes shared his story of struggling with alcohol and drugs for the better part of 25 years. I would strongly recommend this presentation for all middle school students. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me. Sincerely, Kevin Karo, Principal