BACKPACK BLUES Benefit 2018 had a new venue and a new attitude! (5/17/2018) - 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 (12/31/2017) - 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 (7/26/2017) - 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! (5/21/2017) - 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! (12/12/2016) - 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 (6/17/2016) -   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[...]
BACKPACK BLUES Benefit 2016 Draws 250% of 2015 Event’s Total! (4/11/2016) - 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[...]
We are rocking into 2016 with our 2nd Annual BACKPACK BLUES Benefit! (2/10/2016) - On Sunday, April 3, 2016, 3:00–7:00 at BB’s Jazz, Blues & Soup, BACK@YOU will once again have the best of the St. Louis Blues playing great music for a great cause! NGK Band and the Renee Smith Band will bring it to 700 Broadway, in downtown St. Louis. For $10, you will get to listen[...]
Bailey’s Range Hosts Community Table Event for BACK@YOU November 30 (11/23/2015) - Join BACK at YOU at Bailey’s Range, 920 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO 63101 on November 30th between the hours of 5:00pm – 8:00pm and 25% of all proceeds will be donated to BACK at YOU! All those who are 18 years of age and older, and order an entree, will be eligible to win a $100[...]
A Great First Year, but the Best Is yet to Be! (10/15/2015) - October 10 was an amazing day for BACK@YOU and The Bridge Outreach! 50 volunteers started showing up at about 8:30 am to get ready for this event, and they were ready to give and overjoyed with what they received in return. Our volunteers worked hard giving personal care to each of our homeless neighbors as they[...]