Because of his nasty demeanor on the streets of a South Carolina town, homeless man Ben Richardson, known as Rock Man, didn’t have any friends, and maybe didn’t want any friends.
That didn’t matter to a group of adults and youth who talked at their church about how missionaries often overlook those in need right in their hometowns. To them he was simply a man who didn’t have a home.
“It wasn’t until the kids partnered together that Ben started to accept anyone’s help,” said Lynn Sargent, a Kindergarten teacher who, along with another man in town named Quinn, was the catalyst for the compassion campaign.
The community-wide effort secured a spot on the edge of a property owned by a Richardson relative, and plans for a tiny one-room cottage with a bathroom and porch were drawn up.
People in the small town, 60 miles south of Greenville, donated time, materials and labor to construct the one-room cottage.
“He’s beginning to trust and smile,” Sargent told WYFF-4. “He’s a different person.”
“His heart is filled with hope and his face shines with joy,” said Angela Cogburn on Facebook.
There is no internet fundraising campaign for the tiny green house on Patterson (pictured below and almost completed), but checks can be mailed to Lynn Sargent at this address:
Palmetto Bank Special Account Lynn Sargent
207 Cambridge Street
Ninety Six, SC 29666 (864)543-2117
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