By her own admission, Inez Richards spent four decades struggling with addiction. “I grew up in jail. I grew up in the streets,” she said. “I was in a place that was so dark, so lonely… The pain got great enough that I wanted to change, but I didn’t know how.” Now, Richards said, she […]
It wasn’t the usual festive carnival atmosphere at Veterans Memorial Park in Jewett City on Sept. 8, despite the array of tables, tents, and decorations. It was a celebration of a different sort. “We want to celebrate and give hope to recovery [from drug addiction],” said organizer Kathleen Dufficy. Her organization, Matt’s Mission, hosted the […]
Griswold — Kathleen Dufficy has thought about her son Matthew Barrett every day since he died on Nov. 23, 2015, of injuries he suffered in a drug-related car crash. Though Barrett, 32, lost his life as a result of an addiction he’d struggled with for 12 years, Dufficy is passionate in her belief that there is hope for others. She formed a group called Matt’s Mission, which is seeking […]
I have never felt such intense love until the births of my children, Kelly and Matthew. A unique bond was instantly formed and from that day forward, everything in my life had changed. I loved being a mother, and I especially loved being THEIR mom. No two children are alike, each having their uniquely wonderful […]
There is HOPE for Recovery! Treatment NOT Punishment!
Come join us for Food, Vendors, Music, and Guest Speakers!
Free Admission and All Welcome! Please join us on 9/8 to Celebrate Recovery!
- Saturday, September 8, 2018
- Veterans Memorial Park
68 Ashland St., Jewett City, Connecticut 06351
- Free Admission!
Kathleen Dufficy isn’t sure how her son’s addiction to opioids began, but she is painfully aware of how it ended — with his death in a car accident last November while under the influence, at the age of 32. “I had to channel my grief into something positive,” said Dufficy. “I did not want him […]
GRISWOLD – A Griswold mother is hoping to turn a family tragedy into something positive. Last November, Kathleen Dufficy’s son died in a car crash. Matthew Barrett was 32 and Dufficy learned he had heroin, methadone and klonopin in his system at the time of the crash. But the findings weren’t a surprise to her. […]