Family Support Program

City Garden recognizes that learning can't happen when students' basic needs aren't met. We are committed to providing wrap-around supports for students and families, to meet their holistic needs.

Our team provides counseling on site, connects families to other social services organizations, and coordinates direct support, such as rent assistance, utilities assistance, transportation, housing referrals, and free uniforms. We provide breakfast for any students that needs meals, and we provide free and reduced lunch cost before and after school care for under-resourced families.

For more information about our Family Support Program, or to connect with our Family Support Coordinator, please contact Michelle Marshall at or (314) 664-7646 Ext.202.

You can also click below to access some resources for this time of year.

Financial Empowerment Session

Are you, or is someone youknow, hoping to learn more about budgeting and saving money? Perhaps building your credit, or learning about affordable housing? City Garden is thrilled to present a Financial Empowerment Session hosted by Michelle Marshall (, City Garden Montessori School’s Family Support Coordinator!

Join us Thursday, February 4, 2021 from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM to hear from Ashley Fisher-Knox, Financial Empowerment Coordinator with Alltru Credit Union, and Benjamin Feimer, Credit Building Manager with Justine PETERSEN.

Registration is free and open to everyone! Check out more information about our speakers below, and click the button below to get registered today!

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Ashley Fischer-Knox

Ashley Fisher-Knox is a Financial Empowerment Coordinator with Alltru Credit Union who has 15 years’ experience in all aspects of financial education, community development, fundraising, recruiting potential supporters, collaborators and now offering personal banking services. She has demonstrated ability to promote & teach the financial literacy program with zeal and compassion while bringing public awareness for the need of financial capabilities, wealth building skills and helping individuals gain access to healthy banking products. The enthusiasm to serve the residents in the St. Louis Metropolitan area comes from the desire to help provoke behavior changes in a positive manner. Ashley believes that access to financial education coupled with resources will empower individuals and their families to make sound financial decisions for life. In addition to providing financial capabilities to the communities, she delivers group financial education presentations and one-on-one coaching services. She has also received the “Grit Award” for ordinary people doing extraordinary things in the community. Ashley is a Financial Social Worker, Certified Credit Counselor, Homeownership Counselor, and she is completing her master’s degree in Management and Leadership at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Ben Feimer

Ben Feimer, Credit Building Manager, graduated from Missouri State University with a degree in Anthropology, he feels that this degree really set him up for working with people even though he has never held a job directly related to Anthropology. After spending time in securities, healthcare, and retirement planning Ben left the world of money to go teach English in Mongolia. Ben was a Peace Corps volunteer English teacher in a remote village in Western Mongolia, he lived in a yurt for two years and learned how to survive in -30 degree weather. Ben came to Justine Petersen in late 2017. He was attracted to the position and organization because it combined his knowledge of the financial world with the opportunity to do community based work in the city he grew up in.

COVID-19 Support & Resources

Ms. Michelle Marshall has assembled several COVID-19 related resources, from food support to financial relief. Please click the buttons below to learn more.

1. Free Thanksgiving Meals
2. Immigrant Service Providers Network Conference
3. Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Flyer
4. Community Action Agency of St. Louis County Drive-Though Food Pantry
5. National Alliance on Mental Health Program Schedule
6. Stimulus Check Resource Flyer
7. Crisis Counseling Program Flyer
8. Guardian Angels COVID Food Pantry Flyer
9. Holiday Season Resources
10. Drive-Thru Food Pick Up for Kids
11. Free Meals for Seven Days
12. Touchless Free Food Giveaways
13. COVID-19 Community Relief Fund