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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

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We received backpacks for the first time in the fall of 2016. They have been invaluable for our homeless youth, as often they find themselves homeless with nothing but the clothes on their back. The contents are well thought out and the backpacks are durable and large. Our youth are excited about the contents and space the backpack provides. We are looking forward to working with the organization in the future.

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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.

Donor

Rating: 5

Kathy is such an inspiration in her passion for helping the homeless. Her drive to help those in need is amazing. She lights up when she talks about her charity work. I'm sure she will continue with much success in her journey to make a difference in many lives. Kathy, you are blessing to this community. Keep up the good work!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What a blessing it was to work with Kathy and the gang of Back At You this year. Friends and I helped make some of the 200 hand crocheted or knitted scarves that were given out with the backpacks. Just seeing the smiles on the faces of homeless recipients will make me smile until next year when we do it all again! What a wonderful charity.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kathy is an amazing organizer and philanthropist. Her kindness and devotion to making a difference in the lives of the homeless is inspiring and I am proud to know her and support her good works through Back@You.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having known about Back At You for only a short time, I decided to check them out. What I found was not what I expected. Not a big organization, but a small non-profit run basically by Kathy Acre and her husband Kevin. Last year they were able to put together and distribute about twenty backpacks to help people living on the streets of St. Louis. This year I decided to get involved. Not having much money I contributed some socks and helped out carrying items to the truck and stuffing backpacks. That day I realized that a little bit of money or labor when added to the efforts of others can truly make a difference. On October 10th over 200 backpacks were distributed to people in need, young and old alike. I was one of about fifty volunteers that unloaded the truck and help guide the recipients through the process of selecting their packs and selecting sweatshirts in their size & color. Each pack was topped off with a hand knit muffler (made by folks here and in other states) so the person could find a pack that called out to them. It was a really amazing day! I was truly moved and glad I attended. Through the tireless efforts of Kevin and Kathy I saw what is possible.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have never met Kathy personally, but I feel like I have known her for years! I have spent the past year "behind the scenes" helping her with donations and getting Girl Scouts and our grade schools to help in donations. You couldn't ask for a more trustworthy, hard working individual to help the homeless! I am so proud of what she has accomplished in the past year. I am more than happy to help her meet her goal of 400 backpacks next year. She puts the homeless 1st in her life. St. Louis is very fortunate to have someone so dedicated for such a worthy cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Back@You is a great organization! Kathy has personally developed relationships with the homeless in St. Louis to ensure that the funds are used in the most useful ways. The impact that this organization has had is immeasurable. The gratitude of the recipients of her backpacks was evident In their smiles, tears and hugs. Children and adults both benefit from Back@You.