How Do I Begin to Plan a Trip?

What is Franciscans for the Poor?
Franciscans for the Poor offers one-week mission trips for high schools, colleges, church youth ministries, campus ministries, scout troops, and families.

How do we start planning?
Contact the Director and request a brochure to share with your pastor, adult leaders, principal, students, family members, or scout master.

How much does it cost?
All groups are booked on a first-come, first-serve basis.  The week is not booked until deposits are received.  All payments are non-refundable.   In order to secure the Tau House for your group only, you must guarantee a minimum of 27 people.  Otherwise, the Tau House opens to additional smaller groups.

Price per week

Price per night*

$275/week

$55/night

 *For groups who prefer to do a 6-night program, add this additional cost per person to the rates. This option is very limited and must be approved by the program director in advance. This option may not be available during June, July, and August.

Who can chaperone?
Adult chaperones must be age 21 and have completed their Diocese’ Decree on Child Protection.  Trip coordinator must provide a letter confirming this for their adult leaders.  Adult/College groups and youth groups will not be combined.  For High School aged groups the adult-student ratio is 1:6.  The JrHi ratio is 1:4.

How many people can we bring?
The Tau House sleeps up to 35 participants.  You must guarantee a group size of 28 people in order to secure the house for your group only (or you may pay the fee for 28 people and bring a smaller group).  Groups of <28 people must be willing to share the week with another smaller group.

What if someone cancels?
Franciscans for the Poor cannot issue refunds.  However, if a participant needs to cancel, another participant can be sent in his/her place.  Please contact the Director for details.

Who can attend?
Typically, Franciscans for the Poor hosts youth groups who are at least in the 7th grade and minimally age 12.  Some exceptions can be made with Director approval.  JrHi groups must have a student-chaperone ratio of 1 chaperones for every 4 students.  High School groups must have a student-chaperone ratio of 1 adult chaperone for every 6 students.

Do I have to be Catholic to make the mission trip?
No. Franciscans for the Poor hosts all denominations and non-religious groups.

How do we travel during the week?
Groups are responsible for providing their own transportation.  Once you arrive at the Tau House, all work sites are <20 miles from the Tau House. Gas tanks typically only need to be filled once during the week.

How do we travel to the Franciscans for the Poor?

  • By car:  The Tau Community House is located in the City of St Bernard, inside the Cincinnati city limits.  It is 1 mile from I-75. Groups are responsible for providing their own transportation.  Once you arrive at the Tau House, all work sites are <20 miles from the Tau House. Gas tanks typically only need to be filled once during the week.
  • By airplane:  We are approximately 20mi/30min from the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG) and 60mi/60min from the Dayton Airport (DAY) – although travel time to Tau from either airport is comparable.  When you arrive at the airport, group leaders are responsible for renting vehicles to transport their group during the week.