Mary Jo Copeland - Superhero!
This person is my Superhero because...
she grew up in poverty and a "emotionally deprived and socially dysfunctional child" and went on to be one of the most inspiring, caring people that I know (not personally).
Caring and Sharing Hands
Mary Jo Copeland grew up in an abusive, poverty stricken household and went on to raise 12 children of her own, with her husband Dick Copeland.
In 1981 she founded Caring and Sharing Hands in Minneapolis Minnesota, and is the current director.
Sharing and Caring Hands grew from a small volunteer organization with a $5,000 a month budget working out of a 2,000 square-foot storefront, to a large volunteer organization that spends over $400,000 a month on the needs of over 20,000 people who come through our doors monthly.
This work is now being done out of three buildings, worth $19 million, totaling 140,000 square-feet owned by Sharing and Caring Hands located on the edge of downtown Minneapolis.
Mary Jo has never taken a salary
during her 20+ years with Caring and Sharing Hands
More About Mary Jo Copeland and Her Work
Since founding Caring and Sharing Hands she has not only devoted countless hours helping homeless people over the years, but also continues to endure attack from both city officials and some people in the general public.
Often, the opinion is "take care of these people elsewhere, but not in my backyard."
How very sad.
She has received many awards, including; being voted One of the most Caring People in America by the Caring Institute in Washington, D.C., the Norman Vincent Peale Unsung Hero Award , the David Prues Outstanding Leadership Award, and the Pax Christi Award for living the life that Jesus taught.
Although, her goal is not praise or awards.
One of the things that impressed me is Mary Jo's tradition of washing the feet of those in need.
Twice each day basins of warm water are set out and Mary and the volunteers bathe and apply ointment to dozens of blistered, sore and tired feet. Many are supplied with new socks and shoes too.
It's those touching, thoughtful gestures like this that goes a long way for the visitors of the shelters.
To me, the world could use a million more Mary Jo Copelands!
The Mary Jo Copeland Story
Links About Mary Jo Copeland
- Sharing and Caring Hands
A Compassionate Response to the Needs of the Poor Sharing and Caring Hands was established to be a bridge from the caring concerned community to the people in need of their help. We receive no government or United Way funding and rely solely on donat
- The Homeless Home Movie
This award winning homeless video profiles several very different homeless people who struggle with homelessness during one year. Mary Jo Copeland became involved with the homeless video while operating the private charity "Sharing and Caring Hands.
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