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GREAT LOVE: The Mary Jo Copeland Story by Michelle Peterson Hinck was recently selected as a finalist for the Midwest Book Awards. This is a highly esteemed honor as it competed with thousands of authors from 12 states around the region, stretching from Nebraska to Ohio. Winning distinction as a finalist puts GREAT LOVE in the upper echelons of good literature and definitely worth reading! Buy a copy today and pass it on to a friend when you’re finished. 100% proceeds go directly to support Sharing & Caring Hands. Available on Amazon and all major bookstores.

Washing feet of homeless. Saint Paul Seminarians with Mary Jo Copeland Washing feet of homeless.  Saint Paul Seminarians with Mary Jo Copeland April 15. 2014 Boyd Huppert interviews Barbara Copeland at Sharing & Caring Hands. April 15. 2014


 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 donations to do our work. Every year, the donations of goods, services, time, and money by thousands of people allow Sharing and Caring Hands to make a difference in the lives of individuals, families, and children in need.

Sharing and Caring Hands is a certified 501(c)(3) charitable organization – All donations are tax deductible.

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Our Guiding Principle

We are dedicated to the proposition that the community can make a difference in the lives of others through volunteerism, donation and commitment, and that this can be accomplished without creating an expensive bureaucracy that saps the resources necessary to carry out it’s vision and achieve it’s goals.

  Did You Know…

  • 92% of all money donated to Sharing and Caring Hands goes to the needs of the poor, only 8 percent goes to management and fund raising.
  • Sharing and Caring Hands serves over 240,000 meals each year (4,615 per week) to people in need.
  • Mary’s Place Transitional Shelter houses over 550 people each night (recent count 435 children, 140 adults in it’s 92 family apartments) and provided 212,500 people days of shelter last year.
  • We paid for 19,033 people nights of shelter last year for singles men and women at paid for stay homeless shelters and provided 7,175 people days of shelter for families in area hotels.
  • We gave thousands of showers last year (about 210 each week) to people with no other access to bathing facilities.
  • We provided eye exams and glasses for 1,585 people last year, 43% of them were children referred to us by schools.
  • We provided over 3000 beds to adults and children that would otherwise be sleeping on the floor.
  • We give out over 375,000 lbs. of food donation each year to people in need.
  • Your generosity allows us to help thousands of individuals and families with emergency needs for rent, utilities, health expenses, food, clothing, shoes, travel expenses, job related costs, and much more.