The JP UP Date: Giving Tuesday

Katie ArnoldThe JP UP date

Number 198                      November 23, 2022                                   St. Louis

Mark Your Calendars! Black-owned Friday, Small Business Saturday and Giving Tuesday

This upcoming week is chock full of tangible opportunities to support both small businesses and financial asset-building on a grand scale. Black Friday, the day following Thanksgiving, is historically a manic day of holiday shopping for most. Please put Black-owned businesses front and center this “Black-owned Friday” by supporting and patronizing both those that are bricks and mortar in our neighborhoods and those that trade online. Wake up on Saturday morning and either hit the sidewalk or your keyboard to holiday shop and support small businesses far and wide on “Small Business Saturday.” This can also include independent small businesses that are located in shopping malls – especially kiosk-based businesses. And on Tuesday is “Giving Tuesday,” a worldwide day of charitable giving. Please consider making a tax deductible contribution to advance the mission of Justine PETERSEN. You can donate here on “Giving Tuesday” or even donate today or any other day before or after! Your dollar empowers dollars to families and communities poised for financial asset-building. Hear JP staffer Galen Gondolfi discuss Giving Tuesday and JP’s mission in this interview on KTRS 550. Listen here!


JP Welcomes Nour Mohamed to Housing Team!

Justine PETERSEN is excited to formally re-introduce Noureldin (Nour) Mohamed as our new Housing Associate! Nour previously served as an AmeriCorpsVISTA at JP through Housing Action Illinois to provide support, build capacity and ensure enhanced customer service and processes in our housing department. Now as a full-time member of JP, Nour will be maintaining our current pipeline of over 200 homeownership clients by providing counseling and navigating them through what is usually complex process. Nour was drawn to stay on at JP because he finds “helping people achieve generational wealth through building equity and accessing fair housing a deserved right for the clients we serve.” While taking a break from transitioning clients through credit building to property ownership, this Thanksgiving holiday Nour is looking forward to sizzling gravy atop mashed potatoes with a side of turkey and cranberry sauce. To learn more about Nour’s work in home ownership, reach out to

Small Business Legal Clinic Thursday, December 1st. 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 December 1st 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 Yolanda Nelson at 314.533.2411 ext. 118 or

JP Staffer Gigi Ralliegh is “Top Banana” at Office Thanksgiving Feast

RSVP for the JP Holiday Party on December 8th!