Obama to honor Minneapolis' 'urban saint' Mary Jo Copeland

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After dedicating most of her life to helping the poorest families in Minneapolis, Mary Jo Copeland, founder and director of Sharing and Caring Hands, will be recognized by President Barack Obama.

The Star Tribune reports Copeland will be awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal of Honor, the second-highest civilian honor, at a White House ceremony next Friday.

For nearly 30 years, Copeland, 70, who receives no salary for her work, has provided a safety net for thousands each month by providing food, clothing, shelter, transportation, medical and dental assistance.

Copeland has received several awards and was featured in the New York Times in 2002.

Here's an interview with Copeland from 2011:

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