Community Helps Homeless \"Rock Man\" by Building His Home


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Due to his nasty demeanor on the streets of a South Carolina town, longtime Ninety-Six resident and homeless "Rock Man" Ben Richardson wouldn't expect people to help him.

But a community-wide effort in this small town, 60 miles south of Greenville, donated their time, resources and labor to construct a small one-room, green cottage on Patterson Drive so that Ben would have a home to call his own.


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