The JP UP Date: JP’s 2022 Annual Report Celebrates 25 Years

Andrew BarnesThe JP UP date

Number 246                        October 27, 2023                                   St. Louis

For anyone, being around 25 years will bring about certain milestones and celebrations. At Justine PETERSEN, we are fortunate that this is not only true for us as an organization, but also the many clients’ and partners’ we have worked with in that time. It is our honor to continue serving the community through credit building, homeownership, and microenterprise. Our 2022 Annual Report highlights the incredible things that can happen when individuals and families are given the response of “Yes.” Justine PETERSEN began in honor of our namesake’s belief and dream of leveraging credit as an asset to transform the economic impact of a household. It is with great joy that we can now say over 40,000 people and 11,000 small businesses have benefited from our deployment of more than $207M in 25 years. To learn more, view our 2022 Annual Report here.

Join JP at Consumers Council Annual Fundraiser This Sunday, 10/29

Come out and support the Consumers Council of Missouri this Sunday, October 29th at the Ethical Society of St. Louis from 4pm – 6pm. This year’s fundraiser will be honoring Joyce Armstrong for her contributions as a co-founder of Consumers Council and long-time board member, as well as Ollie Stewart, Executive Director of Southside Wellness Center. The program will be moderated by Ray Hartmann, and include beer, wine, soft drinks and light hors d’oeuvres. All proceeds go to supporting advocacy for consumers’ interests locally, regionally, and statewide. Tickets can be purchased here.

JP Honors the Legacy of Dr. Gena Gunn McClendon

Justine PETESEN is sad to learn of Gena Gunn McClendon, PhD’s passing on Saturday, October 21st. Dr. McClendon was a longtime colleague and partner to many at JP through her work at Washington University of St. Louis and the Center for Social Development, where she served as Director. JP COO, Sheri Flanigan-Vazquez remembers Dr. McClendon as “a compassionate and methodical practitioner who furthered the field and work of asset-building capabilities for low and moderate income households.” Dr. McClendon also did great research on voting, and in 2021 it was profiled by NPR. We are grateful for Dr. McClendon’s many contributions, and our deepest condolences are with her family during this time.


JP Asset Building Manager Speaks at On Our Block

Last Wednesday, October 15th Justine PETERSEN’s Asset Building Manager, Tatiana Gillum was a featured speaker at MoCaFi’s On Our Block event in Ferguson, MO. Tatiana’s presentation focused on community wealth building. She walked attendees through the economic importance of investing funds back in the community in order to create jobs and improve properties, among other things. What made Tatiana’s discussion most effective was speaking to her firsthand experience of coming into JP as a client, and how it continues to serve her short and long-term financial goals. To learn more about community wealth building through services JP offers, such as credit building and small business microloans, contact Tatiana here.

Join JP for a Small Business Owners Workshop

Back by popular demand, Darcella Craven will be hosting a Small Business Owners Workshop this Tuesday, October 31st at 11:30am. Darcella brings a wealth of knowledge from her experience at the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, and the resources she will provide can be put to use right away. Join us by registering for this free online event here.


Application Deadline for Grants North St. Louis Small Business and Non-Profits

Applications are due this Monday, October 30th for the North St. Louis Small Business and Non-Profit Grant Program. The program, through St. Louis Development Corporation (SLDC) intends to reverse the impact of disinvestment in this particular geographic area by disbursing $37 million of Coronavirus State and Local Recovery Funds (SLFRF). Interested applicants should visit this website.

Application Deadline This Tuesday for Illinois Mortgage Assistance

As a HUD certified counseling agency, Justine PETERSEN is here to support. We encourage anyone interested in learning more about mortgage assistance and the application process to contact us by emailing All applications must be in by this Tuesday, October 31st. More information can also be found here.

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