Fr. Richard Rohr, Noted Author of 134 books: 

"He shares poignant personal experiences that became the impetus for his journey to document the very real biological, psychological, and sociological effects of generational poverty on its sufferers." Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Center for Action and Contemplation, Author of Falling Upward, Breathing Underwater, and the Naked Now

Dr. Greg Connors,  Hospital Director:

“…takes the reader beyond the usual myths and stories, describing challenges, priorities and decision-making of people in poverty. Highly recommended!” Gregory Connors, MD, MPH, MBA, Director of the Golisano Upstate Children’s Hospital, Syracuse, NY

Anne-Marie Nazzaro, PhD: 

“There are people who touch lives that are challenged in a spectacularly daunting way. The in-depth research and the shared personal experiences make this book very real.” Ann-Marie Nazzaro, PhD, Founding Executive Director Emerita, Foundation for Women and Girls with Blood Disorders.

Thomas McFadden, College President Emeritus:

“If these stories do not break your heart…they will free you from any stereotypes.”

Thomas McFadden, President Emeritus, Marymount California University

Jennifer Muniga, Executive Director Cameron Ministries:

“Having read books on poverty before, Ninety Feet Under was the most inclusive about the science and effects of poverty, as well as the most applicable.” 

Jennifer Muniga, Executive Director, Cameron Communities Ministries.

Joe Pugliese, President and CEO, The Hemophilia Alliance:

"..challenges everyone to think about how to recast the discussion around assisting the most vulnerable among us." Joe Pugliese, President and CEO Hemophilia Alliance

John O'Rourke, National School Superintendent of the Year

“…necessary reading foe policy makers, educators, and parents.” John O’ Rourke, Former National School Superintendent of the Year.

Shawn L Futch, Director, ABC Rochester Self-Sufficiency Program:

“…conveys his message with passion, humility and purpose.”

Shawn L. Futch, Director, Focus on Self-Sufficiency, Action for a Better, Community

Marlene Bassette, CEO Rochester Catholic Family Center:

“…compelling experiences, relevant research and heart-wrenching stories…”

Marlene Bessette, President Catholic Family Center, Catholic Charities, Monroe County, New York


Wade Norwood, CEO, Common Ground Health

Ninety Feet Under brings home the undeniable truth that poverty simply overwhelms.  We all need to understand this message and embrace the urgent need to address this crisis.  John's phenomenal work is an important step on that journey.

"Your book 90 FEET UNDER is a revelation! I am so proud of you. I feel honored to know you and hope that some of my teaching helped." Miss Seymour or Mrs. Bynum your sophomore English teacher. (At Benjamin Franklin HS, Rochester)

"I was even able to put some of the elements I learned in this book into action with a friend of mine who owns a business in the rural South Western United States." Chris Cooley, CooleyCreativeLLC

"I heard him speak about a year ago and he made a huge difference in my life. What he shared that morning has changed the way I conduct my training classes as we onboard new employees." Sandy Lenzo, Home Leasing, Director of Training & Leasing

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