Marion B. Satterthwaite stepped out of the Annapolis duplex that's become her second home and into the arms of a waiting crowd.
Blinking in the bright sunshine Monday, she smiled and held out her hands. The gesture, though small, spoke volumes to the 30 men and women gathered in front of Helping Hand, two shelters for the homeless.
Satterthwaite first held out her hands in 1968, a year after the non-profit organization to help the homeless and hungry in Annapolis was founded by the late Ethel M. Snowden.
"I was a member of the urban renewal effort at the time and was at a meeting, sitting in the audience, when I heard someone say, 'What do they know? None of them live over here,' " recalled Satterthwaite, who lives in Eastport.
Spurred by that comment, she stood up and volunteered on the spot to join Helping Hand.
The 80-year-old civic leader helped guide the organization from a shoestring operation to a flourishing social service agency that offers emergency and transitional housing. Helping Hand now runs a five-bed emergency shelter, a longer-term house for homeless families and a food pantry for the needy.
This week, Satterthwaite's hard work was acknowledged when city officials and homeless advocates unveiled a plaque naming the transitional shelter after her.
The board of directors also placed a plaque on the emergency shelter commemorating the work of Snowden, who spearheaded efforts to help the homeless until she died in 1982.
A ceremony to dedicate the shelters to both women was conducted Monday morning. Dr. Aris T. Allen, District 30's delegate-elect to the state House, gave the keynote speech.