BACK@YOU has two exciting announcements that will be game-changers for our homeless neighbors in St Louis!

First, we have been chosen to partner with the Citypak Project, whose ongoing goal is to design and provide useful, high-quality backpacks for the homeless.The backpacks that they designed and commissioned cost $30 through the international adventure travel gear manufacturer High Sierra. But we have been selected to receive 200 backpacks for $15 each for our homeless neighbors in St Louis. We will be the first organization in Missouri to hand out these bags, along with our other backpacks. This will help us increase our goal of 200 backpacks upwards to 250 or 300! Please go to our GoFundMe campaign today and donate to support our 200-backpack goal!

The second announcement is our inaugural BACKPACK BLUES event being held at BB’s Jazz, Blues & Soup in downtown St Louis. BB’s is a renowned music venue that has won accolades from the Riverfront Times as the Best Blues Club and Best Jazz Club in St Louis! On April 26, 2015, owner John May is letting us take over to hold a benefit for BACK@YOU.  Blues, jazz, soul, and a little gospel will be rocking from the floor to the ceiling with St Louis greats, The Smokin’ Section, NGK Band, CEEJazzSoul, and Church on Wheels. There may even be a surprise guest or two! All this for a $10 donation (bar and food are not included),100% of which will go to buy and fill backpacks for the homeless in St Louis.

We want you to come, dance, eat (the food is fabulous!), and drink all in the name of helping our homeless neighbors know that we’ve got their backs.

You can buy tickets for $10 at the door (cash only) or on Eventbrite for $10 plus Eventbrite’s small convenience fee. A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon and make a difference at the same time!