Become a Mentor
As a private investigator, Richard Clemo saw too many child custody cases where the best interests of the children involved simply weren’t being addressed. Seeing a sincere need for loving, caring families in the community, Richard became a Mentor with Massachusetts MENTOR.
That was more than five years ago. Since then, Richard had opened his home to children and teenagers in need, offering them structure, love and the chance to be a part of a family. Today, there are five kids in Richard’s house—including Andy, who Richard and his wife Corinne adopted—and each one is actively involved in their community.
“There’s something on the calendar every single night,” says Richard. “Basketball, baseball, fishing, soccer—we keep the kids busy and they learn the value of positive rewards and of being a part of their community.”
And the importance of community involvement and helping others is something that Richard teaches by example. When MENTOR’s Pittsfield office participated in a charity walk, the only Mentor in attendance was Richard, with his kids in tow. When other Mentors need a hand or someone to talk to, Richard is always there for support and guidance. He is a strong advocate for education—all the kids have one mandatory hour of homework; he co-chaired a Preparing Adolescents for Young Adulthood (PAYA) group; and he will provide day respite for other Mentors with no questions asked.
“Regardless of what we’re asking, no matter what time of day it might be, Richard answers and does everything he can to help,” says Rebecca Colvin, Program Manager and Richard’s nominator. “Richard is making a difference in the lives of others every day. Whether it’s one of his kids, another Mentor or a member of the MENTOR staff, his impact is remarkable.”