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12/19/2012 9:47:00 PM
Local resident looks to help "Rock Man"
The home in which Rock Man is currently living. (Photo courtesy of Quinn Griffin)
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The home in which Rock Man is currently living. (Photo courtesy of Quinn Griffin)
Rock Man. (Photo by Quinn Griffin)
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Rock Man. (Photo by Quinn Griffin)

NINETY SIX, SC – Many have seen the man known as “Rock Man” around Ninety Six. There are as many stories about him as there are people to tell them, most of them untrue. What is true is that Rock Man lives in an abandoned home in Ninety Six with no water, plumbing, heat or air. A man who grew up in Ninety Six, Quinn Griffin, moved to Simpsonville and recently returned to his hometown and saw Rock Man walking down the street. He then decided to do something about it.

“I’ve known Rock Man since I was about 14,” Griffin said. “I saw him almost every day for five years. I saw him the other day and knew I had to do something for him.”

Griffin started a page on Indiegogo, a website designed to help people and organizations raise funds for their causes, to get the ball rolling on getting Rock Man a new home. He then started a Facebook page to raise awareness for the cause. As of Wednesday afternoon, more than 500 people had liked the page.

There have been obstacles in the process already, but Griffin is determined to accomplish the mission.

“This isn’t about who gets credit or who does what,” Griffin said. “The goal is to help Rock Man, that’s it. He needs a decent place to live and getting that done is what is most important.”

Griffin’s initial idea was to demolish the abandoned home in which Rock Man currently lives. It was brought to his attention that the people that own the land may have other plans for the property. So Griffin adjusted his plan and now is looking to find a home for Rock Man any way he can.

One step that Griffin has taken is establishing an organization and applying for 501(c)3 status as a nonprofit organization. Griffin said he is unsure of when the application will be approved, but that he is committed to seeing the mission through all the way to the end.

“The bottom line is to get Rock Man a home,” Griffin said. “I’m going to whatever I can to make sure it happens no matter how long it takes.”



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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Article comment by: Robert Hovich

Before you get to involved.
Because he has been declared to have a mental problem , find out where his gov check is going.
Next thing is look close at the picture posted of the man , he is in a gas station playing the lottery , which he does every morning.
He carries a yellow pad of the possible numbers he has come up with.


Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Article comment by: Grant Blair

I'm sorry to say that I'm not having much luck with Ben's art. Could not even get anyone at our local galleries to even consider showing his art.

Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013
Article comment by: William Hill

The art work that Mr. Grant Blair has is great. I wish that an auction of work done by the Rock Man could be held. This would help raise funds for the home he needs and it would also make him feel that he has talent and that he is not someone to be tossed aside. I know that I would love to have a couple of his drawings and would be willing to pay. Thanks to all of you that are trying help out a neighbor.

Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2013
Article comment by: Carol Bishop

Isn't Rockman a Viet Nam vet? I am interested helping. For those of you would-be Hater's out there..........why would you want to comment so ugly? That you have to live with.
FYI- Rockman has been sober and straight several weeks now. Let me know how to help, carol.bishop@gmail.com


Posted: Monday, January 14, 2013
Article comment by: debra wilson

This is ridiculous!!! You people are out of your mind for even thinking of helping this lazy bum!!! HE CUSSES PEOPLE OUT BECAUSE HE WANTS THE MONEY FOR BOOZE AND DOPE. THERE ARE PLENTY OF PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT NEED AND JUST WISH SOMEONE WOULD HELP THEM. BUT NO THEY WANT TO ACT LIKE THIS MAN HAS BEEN DONE SO WRONG. HE CAN EARN A LIVING JUST LIKE THE REST OF US!!


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