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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.