The woman called the "urban saint" of Minneapolis was honored at the White House Friday.
A teary-eyed Mary Jo Copeland stood with President Barack Obama as she accepted the Presidential Citizens Medal of Honor, the second-highest civilian honor, for decades of charity work.
Copeland was one of 13 recipients recognized this year.
"Her compassion for the poor and the marginalized speaks to the depth of the human spirit," a military aide read. "The United States honors Mary Jo Copeland for sparking hope in those who need it most."
Copeland has dedicated much of her life to helping the poorest families in Minneapolis.
As founder and director of Sharing and Caring Hands, she's been providing free food, clothing, shelter, transportation, medical and dental assistance for the last 30 years.