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Get to Know…Mimi Crume Sterling with The Family Place



Please explain The Family Place mission and how you got involved.

The Family Place empowers survivors of family violence by providing safe housing, counseling and skills that create independence while building community engagement and advocating for social change.

Service has always been important to my family and me and having lived in Dallas for the last eight years, I’ve come to know The Family Place as a fantastic organization under Paige Flink’s leadership. When several connections brought the CEO opening to my attention, I was thrilled by the possibility of dedicating my heart and soul to survivors.


Tell us a little about yourself and your background.

I’m originally from Indiana and moved to Massachusetts when I was eleven. After high school and college on the East Coast, I spent nearly fifteen years in New York City working in corporate communications, public relations, and marketing. In 2014, my family and I relocated to Dallas to join Neiman Marcus Group, where I held various roles. Philanthropy was instilled in me at a young age, and my husband and I raise our family with a focus on service and exploration of diverse cultures.


What makes The Family Place events so special to the Dallas community?

Our events strategy is to engage as many community members as possible through donation drives, fundraising events, and our Partners Card initiative. The collaboration and dedication of hundreds of local businesses to support The Family Place’s mission through Partners Card is truly remarkable.


What do you enjoy the most about being a part of Partners Card?

Who doesn’t love shopping for a cause? Partners Card provides the opportunity to make a direct impact on survivors’ lives while saving at hundreds of retailers and restaurants – it really is a win-win!


How does support from community partners like Highland Park Village help Partners Card have a greater impact?

Partners Card wouldn’t be possible without community partners. Highland Park Village is one of the premier shopping centers in Dallas and having the support of over 30 participating stores helps us raise vital funds for survivors of family violence. Highland Park Village’s longtime support through sponsorships and retailer participation has helped make Partners Card what it is today.


What are some ways people in North Texas can get involved with Partners Card?

Shop ’til you drop! Buy a Partners Card for $75 and provide a night of safety for a domestic violence survivor. Amplify your impact by becoming a Community Seller and recruit all your friends!


Lastly, where would we most likely find you in Highland Park Village?

Highland Park Village is one of the first places I visited when I moved to Dallas. The architecture is reminiscent of Europe. Where would you find me? Typically I may be shopping for a comfortable dress or pajamas for my kids at Roller Rabbit, drinking an Aperol Spritz at Café Pacific (reminds me of New York), or shopping for gifts at the St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange.


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