What is Community Living?

Where will we live?
Tau Community House, formerly St Clement’s Convent – 4523 Park Place, St Bernard, OH  45217

What are the sleeping accommodations?
Participants have separate floors for men and women at the Tau Community House.  Each bedroom has 2-6 beds, fans, and a sink.  Community bathrooms are located on each sleeping floor with 2 toilets and 2 showers in each bathroom.  Depending on the number of participants, chaperones may be assigned to their own bedroom.  Separate rooms for adults and teens.  Only one room has a bunk bed set – all other twin beds are set up individually.  To allow ample rest to be able to work the next day, we suggest that lights are out by 11pm each evening.

What is there to do at Tau House?
The Tau House has an array of simple games and activities available at the house and in the neighborhood:

  • Foosball, air hockey, pool/billiards, ping-pong tables – in the basement
  • board games, card games, jig-saw puzzles – in the community dining room
  • St. Bernard City Pool is available in the summer – free of charge
  • St. Bernard City Park is 1 block north and offers a playground, ball fields, basketball courts, and Frisbee golf
  • a limited supply of frisbees, whiffle ball, and kick balls are at the House – some groups choose to bring their own

Are linens provided?
Each participant is provided fitted and flat sheets, a pillow with pillow case, and one quilt.  We provide wash cloths, bath mats, bath towels, hand towels, and kitchen linens.   To keep our costs low, prior to departure, each participant will be asked to:  launder their bath towels; re-make his/her own bed with fresh linens; assist in preparing/cleaning the House for the next group.   FFTP Staff launders all sheets.

What will we eat?

  • Breakfast is self-serve and consists of fresh fruit, toast, muffins, oatmeal, and dry cereal.  Beverages include hot tea, coffee, hot chocolate, milk, orange juice, and apple juice.
  • Lunch is self-pack and typically consists of a turkey, ham, or PBJ sandwich; a piece of seasonal fruit (ie: banana, apple, grapes, orange); carrot/celery sticks; a salty snack; cookies.  Franciscans for the Poor provides coolers, lunch bags, and ice packs for use.  Please bring a water bottle.
  • Supper is community cooking – 4 or 5 people at a time take turns cooking the main meal.  Menu choices are sent to the group leader and s/he chooses the evening meal weeks in advance.  Popular choices include:  BBQ Pulled Pork, Lasagna, Spaghetti, BBQ Chicken, Fajitas, and Tacos.  Vegetarian options are available upon request.
  • Some snack items are available for after work – groups are encouraged to bring their favorites to share.
  • The evening of the speaker, FFTP offers make-your-own ice cream sundaes.