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Sharing Our Annual Distribution, A Day of Kindness & Respect

By Kathy | 17th November 2018

If you have never participated in our distribution, it can be hard to describe. I can tell you that we gather 100 volunteers together to show our homeless neighbors the kindness and the respect that every human being deserves, and that we do it personally, one on one. I can also tell you that we…

BACK@YOU Volunteers Show StL Homeless Neighbors Kindness and Respect for 4th Straight Year

By Kathy | 8th November 2018

BACK@YOU volunteers are absolutely the best volunteers anywhere! Not only do they register and show up, they show up with friends and family! Those who have volunteered with us before want to share the experience with those they love. On October 27th we had over 50 volunteers help stuff 500 backpacks. It took less than…

Our Biggest Distribution Yet!

By Kathy | 19th October 2018

It is quickly coming up on our 4th annual backpack distribution on October 28. We have come a long way since 2014 when four of us distributed 20 backpacks bought at Five Below and filled with a few items and a handmade scarf that I crocheted during Cardinal baseball season. Here we are in 2018,…

BACKPACK BLUES Benefit 2018 had a new venue and a new attitude!

By Kathy | 17th May 2018

Broadway Oyster Bar was the perfect place to be on Sunday, April 29, when the temp was a sunny 65 degrees. People were happy to shake off the long, gloomy winter, soak up some rays, and listen to some great music. Our crowd was our largest ever and BACK@YOU made a lot of new friends…

Another Year of Gratitude for BACK@YOU in 2017

By Admin | 31st December 2017

As the old year ends and we welcome 2018, I am able to look back on all that BACK@YOU has accomplished. Two events held by Kendra Scott were incredibly successful and will ensure that each backpack in 2018 will again contain 18 hour body/hand warmers. These warmers can save lives on a bitter cold night…

Jewish Fund for Human Needs Grant Has a Big Impact for BACK@YOU

By Kathy | 26th July 2017

As we work to finalize the details for our next distribution, I want to reflect on an amazing thing that has contributed to one of the biggest improvements in our backpacks for this year. We received a $3,500.00 grant from the Jewish Fund for Human Needs. For a nonprofit of our size, this makes a…

BACKPACK BLUES Benefit Continues Its Success for 3rd Straight Year!

By Kathy | 21st May 2017

BACK@YOU held its 3rd Annual BACKPACK BLUES Benefit, and it continues to get bigger and better! This year we raised over $5,200 with help from over 40 silent-auction donors made up of local businesses and supporters. Bands Church on Wheels, Jason Cooper, and our headliner, Uncle Albert, made this one of the not-to-be missed events of…

Successful Second Year and Heading into Year Three Strong!

By Kathy | 12th December 2016

What a great year 2016 turned out to be for BACK@YOU! Last year we distributed 200 Citypak backpacks filled with essentials to make life a little easier for our homeless neighbors, and this year we doubled down with 400 backpacks. On October 29, over 100 volunteers showed up to help us stuff 400 backpacks. We…

No Longer Homeless

By Kathy | 17th June 2016

Eddie is my friend. I used to tell people that “Eddie is my friend who is homeless.” Not anymore. I can now just say, Eddie is my friend. Eddie moved into his apartment about a month ago, and I saw it for the first time today. Eddie is king of his castle! He is so…

BACKPACK BLUES Benefit 2016 Draws 250% of 2015 Event's Total!

By Kathy | 11th April 2016

BACKPACK BLUES Benefit 2016 Draws 250% of 2015 Event’s Total! The 2nd Annual BACKPACK BLUES Benefit knocked it out of the park this year! We managed to more than double last year’s amount raised, for an incredible total of $5157!! That will go a long way to filling the 400 backpacks we will distribute to our…