When families arrive at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for treatment, they don't have to worry about finding a place to stay. St. Jude provides free housing in three locations, and Tri Delta Place will be home to patients and families who are visiting the hospital for eight days or less. The five-story building can house 100 families and has 64 hotel-style rooms and 36 suites.
"Tri Delta becomes a home away from home for its members during their collegiate years, so it's fitting that we're being recognized in this way. Tri Delta Place provides a home for the families and kids of St. Jude at an incredibly challenging time," said Fraternity President Phyllis Durbin Grissom, Southern Methodist. "We are honored to be able to support St Jude's mission in such a meaningful way and humbled by this level of recognition."
The partnership between Tri Delta and St. Jude has seen extreme growth since the Fraternity officially named St. Jude its philanthropic partner in 1999. To date, Tri Delta has raised more than $30 million for the hospital. Tri Delta's $1 million endowment in 2002 provided a teen room for patients ages 13 to 19. Then, in 2006, Tri Delta committed to raising $10 million in 10 years to name to the Tri Delta Patient Care Floor in the Chili's Care Center, a goal met in just four years. The Fraternity dedicated the most recent $15 million campaign to naming the specialty clinic at the hospital in 3.5 years.
Tri Delta members of all ages have contributed to the effort, hosting fundraising events, Sincerely Yours letter-writing campaigns and participating in the annual St. Jude Give thanks. Walk., which raised $230,000 in 2013.
Emily Stephens, a member of Tri Delta's Theta Zeta Chapter at the University of Texas and a St. Jude patient, said, "One of my favorite parts of Tri Delta's partnership with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is seeing how quickly we reach our fundraising goals. I'm always amazed at how much our organization can accomplish. It's a true privilege to leave such a legacy of philanthropy and generosity."