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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Gift Distribution, Human Services

Mission: BACK@YOU works to help the homeless survive life on the streets. We give them each a backpack filled with essential supplies and a handmade scarf as a sign to the recipient that these are gifts of kindness, comfort, and respect. The homeless are not invisible to us, they matter to us, and we care about them. We see the homeless, and we’ve got their backs.

Target demographics: our homeless neighbors

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 225 of our homeless neighbors and several local homeless services providers.

Geographic areas served: St. Louis

Programs: custom-made backpacks, essential supplies, and comfort items

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization. I have never met a more passionate advocate for the homeless than Back@you's founder Kathy

Donor

Rating: 5

I am honored to know Kathy Acre, the founder of Back@You. Her devotion to helping the homeless folks in St Louis is amazing.
Thank you Kathy. For your selfless love

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I contacted Kathy after reading about Back@YOU in the paper. I am a librarian from the St Louis County Lindsey and host 2 groups that knit and crochet once a month. We are working at making 400 scarves for this group and the backpacks they provide for the homeless of St Louis. Our ladies have made over 200 scarves and hope to meet our goal to help this group of individuals in need. Thanks to Kathy and all those who help!

Donna Davis
Circulation Assistant, SLCL

Donor

Rating: 5

I admit to knowing the founder of this nonprofit well. She is an amazing force of nature and I hold her and her goals for Back@You in the highest regard. Plus my mom's knitting habit is helping a great cause!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

"Be the change you want to see in the world." Well, Kathy Acre is the Change!!! She is changing lives in St. Louis one backpack at a time! It has been an incredible experience to witness her passion and dedication first-hand as she works to assist the homeless. She doesn't have homes to give away to them but she has one huge heart with a lot of warm, loving, and caring space, along with an army of helpers who are determined to spread her mission. I am very happy I came across her organization while searching on-line and now I feel blessed to be a supporter and volunteer. She makes the street a warmer place to spend the night for those who all they have is a backpack filled with essentials and Kathy's love! Kathy has started something amazing! Supporting Back@You and helping it grow will allow her to continue changing lives for the better!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing story of one woman's effort to help the homeless. A year ago, Kathy Acre set out to help 20 homeless neighbors in Saint Louis by providing essentials for living life on the streets. She began by asking one homeless man what his greatest daily needs were. From that conversation, Back@You has grown into an organization that has impacted the lives of more than 200 homeless folks this year. Kathy's passion and vision has inspired many of us. People from across the country have taken part in this effort by supplying handmade scarves and hats, as well as socks, hoodies, non-perishable snack foods, and personal care items. She has brought together people from all over the Saint Louis metro area to share in this opportunity to serve the homeless in our area.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned about Back@You in Summer, 2015. Kathy has taken her passion and her compassion, showing us what determination can accomplish. She shows honor and dignity to the less fortunate and reminds us not to judge others. She is seeking to impact lives with a practical approach while ensuring those on the street feel they have support and care. To increase her impact tenfold in one year is unheard of but it shows what Kathy has been able to do by being consistent in her efforts.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is amazing what one caring person can do. Kathy Acre and BackatYou have a passion to help the homeless and it is contagious. She tunneled that passion and put together 200 backpacks filled with essentials for the homeless. My family and I were fortunate enough to be there to help hand them out this past Saturday. She introduced herself to every backpack recipient and then one by one each volunteer became a buddy and helped pick out their backpack which included a handmade scarf. Check out BackatYou and consider helping out our homeless friends. You won’t be disappointed.

Judy148

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've recently had the chance to meet Kathy Acre and learn about her non-profit, BACK@YOU. Within the course of a year , Kathy has gained great momentum. Starting out by filling and handing out just 20 backpacks she purchased inexpensively, to handing out over 200, "specially designed backpacks", this year. She CAREFULLY fills these packs with essentials for life on the streets. That obviously didn't feel like enough, so Kathy makes sure that each pack is given out by a volunteer and comes with a handmade scarf to show these folks that they matter. Kathy Acre's desire to help the homeless in this small, but very important way is contagious! I HiGHLY recommend getting involved with this effort.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Because of one woman's passion and caring concern for the homeless and the volunteers that have been inspired by her passion there are many homeless people on the streets of St. Louis who have new backpacks filled with items that make their life's somewhat easier. Thank you Kathy.