The JP UP Date: Celebrate National Homeownership Month

Katie ArnoldThe JP UP date

Number 122                          June 11, 2021                                   St. Louis

Celebrate National Homeownership Month with Randen Click of JP for Homeownership Readiness Webinar June 17th

June is National Homeownership Month, and as a HUD-certified housing counseling organization that has assisted over 5,000 individuals and families realize the dream of homeownership, Justine PETERSEN values homeownership as a fundamental financial asset for all. Join JP’s Housing Manager Randen Click for a “Homeownership Readiness Webinar” on Thursday, June 7 to learn about the many facets of the homeownership process. Randen’s webinar will comprehensively discuss the advantages of homeownership, affordability and down payment/closing costs assistance.  Known for his affability and penchant for details, Randen will be available to answer questions and help problem solve.  And if you can’t make it this month, try next month.  The webinar will be offered every third Thursday of the month.  For more information, contact Randen at or 314.533.2411, ext. 109.

Justine PETERSEN Welcomes Colleen Doyle as Senior Evaluation Associate

Justine PETERSEN is pleased to welcome aboard Colleen Doyle as Senior Evaluation Associate.  Personifying JP’s hybrid mission of social work and banking, Colleen earned her Master of Social Work (MSW) at St. Louis University, studying under Dr. Julie Birkenmaier, a past research partner of Justine PETERSEN.  As Senior Evaluation Associate, Colleen will oversee the dissemination, as well as manage the integrity, of JP’s data for funding opportunities, partner agencies and credentialing bodies.  When asked why she wanted to join the staff of Justine PETERSEN, Colleen stated, “Dr. Birkenmaier sparked my interest in utilizing financial literacy and capacity building for community development.  I’m also a data nerd, so finding a position that combines my impassioned scope of social practice with data-driven outcomes feels like a dream come true.”

Small Business Legal Clinic Thursday, June 17th! RSVP Today!

Does your small business have unanswered legal questions? Do you want the sage counsel of an attorney free of charge? Then your small business should register for our June 17th Legal Clinic. Brought to you by a concerted effort of Emerson, the Legal Services of Eastern Missouri and Justine PETERSEN, attorneys are available to meet, via a virtual format, with small business owners or would be small business owners to discuss myriad small business issues, ranging from insurance, to copyright concerns to discussing the fine print of leases and contracts.  The 30 minute sessions are pro bono and entirely confidential. RSVP today by contacting Shawna Collier at or 314.533.2411 x 136.

Flock of JP Staffers Liberate Bird from N. Grand Office

Yes, The JP UP date is indeed now rivalling The Onion for content.  JP’s main office at 1023 N. Grand in St. Louis was a virtual birdhouse this past week when an unidentified bird made its way not only into the foyer, but flew upstairs, ricocheting off of windows and glass doors.  JP staffers Ramona Scott, Shawna Collier, Colleen Doyle, Randen Click and Megan Cron flocked together to ultimately liberate our fine feathered friend with the great outdoors.  Colleen’s deftly swooping up of the winged trespasser with a lap blanket was worthy of National Geographic, though unfortunately, no photo-documentation exists.  Talk about a cuckoo day at the office!