Requirements for Hosting a Target House Event

  • All group members must be 16 years of age or older to participate in group projects or special events at Target House.
  • Group size is limited to 15 people for infection control reasons.
  • All Special Event groups are screened and approved in advance by Target House Volunteer/Special Event Services and the St. Jude Patient Special Events Committee.
  • Applications must be submitted and signed by someone over the age of 18. Groups from high schools are welcome and encouraged to apply with a sponsor, teacher, or parent as the contact.
  • Due to HIPPA laws, confidentiality is of utmost importance. Your interest and concern for our patients must be limited to the visit. Please do not exchange phone numbers, email addresses or addresses. Confidential information should not be shared with friends, family, co-workers or anyone else. This includes, but is not limited to the patient’s name, age, sex, diagnosis or hometown.
  • Your group may NOT take photographs or videos during the visit because of patient confidentiality issues.
  • Any person exposed to contagious diseases (chicken pox, shingles, hepatitis, measles, mumps, pink eye, etc.) in the past four weeks or who had flu-like symptoms (vomiting, rash, fever, diarrhea, etc.) in the past two-weeks, or fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit on the day of the event is asked NOT to visit. For patients with weak immune systems, even a cold can be life-threatening.
  • Handouts or favors must be screened in advance for safety and appropriateness.  Stuffed animals and used items cannot be accepted. Do NOT bring latex balloons, candles, knives, live plants, toy guns, water guns, or other unsafe materials. Please avoid items that are small enough to go into a child’s mouth or anything with small removable pieces.
  • Media coverage of events is discouraged since it can create more stress for patients and families. If media coverage is requested, please explain why.
  • Frequent hand washing is very important when working with patients. Please wash your hands for a minimum of 10 seconds using soap and water both before and after each patient contact. Public restrooms are available on the first floor of Target House for your convenience.
  • A Target House representative will be assigned to host each group throughout the visit.
  • All planned activities are limited to the common rooms, patio, front yard and back yard.
  • All Target House events take place Monday–Friday 4:00pm–8:00pm, Saturday 11:00am–8:00pm, or Sunday noon-6:00pm.
  • The event should be religiously, politically, ethnically, and culturally neutral (includes gifts, pamphlets, jewelry, T-Shirts, and other items distributed or worn by the group), because we have patients from many different backgrounds. Presentations should not contain threatening themes such as death, medical procedures or personal illness.
  • Create ways for patients to become actively involved. The activities must be well planned and have educational, inspirational, or entertainment value to our patients and families. They should be around 1 hour in length.
  • These children are sick, and we never know how many will feel like coming to an event, but please don’t let this discourage you. You can expect up to 40 people to attend most events, and around 100 people for meals.
  • If any member of your group has a relationship with a current or former St. Jude patient, you must notify the Special Events Coordinator when submitting the Special Event Application.
  • Please do not make promises to a child. Because of hospital policies, they may not be able to be fulfilled.
  • Dress comfortably and appropriately. No short shorts, tank tops, or low-cut blouses.
  • Any craft supplies, paper goods, plastic ware, musical equipment, props, etc. must be supplied by the person or group hosting the event.
  • If providing a catered meal, please provide the menu in advance of the event. If cooking a meal, please make arrangements for someone to attend a kitchen orientation prior to the event by contacting the Special Events Coordinator.