Testimonials

15
Jun

Testimonial: Wareham High School

To whom it may concern, Please accept this recommendation for Rich Barnes as a guest speaker in your school. I had Rich speak to our juniors and seniors in May 2018. Since this was his first time speaking at Wareham High School I stayed for the whole presentation. Needless to say I was very impressed with the way he connected with our students. He wasn’t preaching, his story was real and the students paid close attention throughout the presentation. Rich explained how he everything one would
15
Jun

Testimonial: Halifax Elementary School

On behalf of Halifax Elementary School’s sixth grade class of 2018, it is our pleasure to recommend Rich Barnes as a speaker on the topic of drug awareness and recovery. Rich gave an informative and moving presentation that captured the attention of all students. Rich shared the story of is addiction and recovery from substance abuse. With his honest and inspirational outlook on life, Rich discussed both his mistakes and his positive outlook for the future. We feel that this first -hand account of the
6
Apr

Testimonial: Wareham Middle School

It is my pleasures to share the experience of having Rich Barnes speak at Wareham Middle School. I discovered that Rich is passionate about sharing his message on a local Facebook page, and found him to be an incredible speaker on areas of recovery and life in general. After listening to several of his posted videos, I shared the idea of inviting him to come speak at our school with my grade members and administrators. Once we got his visit approved, he accepted without hesitation
29
Mar

Testimonial: Wareham Middle School, Principal

Dear Richard, I want to thank you for taking the time to speak to our 7th and 8th graders as part of the kick-off to Spirit Week. Your message of hope was inspiring and you could tell by the questions asked of you at the then of the presentation, it really resonated with them. I spoke to a number of teacher as well and they were deeply moved. We appreciate your willingness to communicate with me and the Dean of Students regularly prior to the
29
Oct

Testimonial: Fall River Young Marines

On behalf of the Fall River Young Marines, I wanted to thank you and your department for supporting the the Fall River Young Marines during 2017 Red Ribbon Week. Your Presence at our Community Event on October 29, 2017 made the event a success. Having the support of a strong committed person, such as yourself, supports our efforts of spreading awareness of drug abuse and addiction. By the means of your attendance and telling your story, you contributed to the Fall River Young Marines ability
25
Jul

Testimonial: Plymouth South Middle School

In this very moving presentation, Rich Barnes shared his story of living as a functioning drug addict and the impact his lifestyle had on his family, friends, colleagues and employees. Far from the typical, “Just say no!” lecture, Rich’s message was one of taking responsibility, setting goals, making positive choices, and being accountable to yourself and those you love. His personable nature, straight-talk approach, and relatable story allowed Rich t easily connect with the audience. Throughout the presentation, it was very apparent how much Rich
19
Jul

Testimonial: Dare to Dream

To Whom It May Concern: I have been a DARE officer in the town of Norfolk for the past 25 years I had the opportunity just recently to view Rich Barnes at our DARE to Dream Summer Day Program. Rich’s presentation was very powerful and carried a strong message throughout. He spoke about his addiction which deterred many years of his life. One of the messages that came through loud and clear is the consequences that come with the lifestyle that he was leading. Rich
12
Jul

Testimonial: Marlborough Public Schools

I write this letter in support of Richard Barnes. Richard’s presentation was insightful, engaging and most importantly made a lasting difference. Richard’s heartfelt presentation touched the lives of students and staff members. His experience and unique perspective provided my students with helpful tips they can apply to their lives. Feedback from the presentation was overwhelmingly positive. Students continue to reach out to Richard with questions via e-mail.  It is rare that a speaker makes such a lasting impression but Richard has done just that. We
3
Apr

Testimonial: Fall River Young Marines

Mr. Rich Barnes, Thank you again for coming to speak to the Young Marines on Sunday, March 26, 2017.  Your very open and honest story, detailing the timeline, actions, and consequences of your alcohol and cocaine abuse was one that struck to the heart of the message that we are trying to teach through our Drug Demand Reduction program.  It was eye opening and an insight into the true aspects of addiction, not only for the Young Marines, but for many of us on Staff
1
Mar

Testimonial: Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School

Dear Richard, Thank you for your moving presentation at Southeastern Regional Vocational-Technical High School. The students were engaged and thoughtful about their questions, which is a testament to their enjoyment of program. I think your story really hit home for some of them. Most students were amazed that you made it through all the challenges that life put in front of you; and others walked away with a glimmer of hope for a family member that is currently struggling. However, what I appreciated most was