Gather the Spirit for Justice...Uniting for the Common Good

Common Ground Cafe & 

    Common Ground Community Center

at 1508 Market Street, Harrisburg

Gather the Spirit
An open-door center of hope and dignity to strengthen community on Allison Hill

Register Now for the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community Harrisburg

Join Gather the Spirit members and volunteers on Saturday, May 20, for the Highmark Walk for Community Health Harrisburg at Harrisburg Area Community College! Registration is open, teams are currently forming and volunteer opportunities are available. Register here:…/hbg/index.shtml, or contact us today at [email protected] for more information!

March Match-ness was a success! We raised over $10,000!

We reached our $5000 match goal and then some! That's over $10,000 to support our programs! Thank you for your support! Next up is the Highmark Walk - Please join us for a great event and help raise funds for our programs on Allison Hill! See Details below. 

We're Hiring!

Gather the Spirit is looking for a part time Kitchen Manager responsible for working with volunteers to supervise, organize, coordinate and provide services for food preparation and service. Must be able to follow and enforce all rules set forth by the Central PA Food Bank regarding food use, preparation and delivery.  Must be able to work well with others and provide team leadership, have good verbal communication skills, and able to work with a diverse population. Must have a valid PA driver’s license and access to a vehicle. Must also be able to lift 40 to 50 pounds. 

Position works and coordinates with Program Director and other program staff. Food service experience and ServSafe® training a plus. Three weekdays and two Saturdays per month required.

Entry level pay, $12 per hour.  EOE.

For complete job description and/or to apply send info/resume to [email protected]  

Want to Give Back? Join Us!

As we enter the (hopefully) warming months of 2017, Gather the Spirit is calling for volunteers to help us raise awareness and execute GTS programs and community services throughout the coming year and beyond. Volunteers available for weekly Common Ground Community Center hours, bi-monthly Common Ground Café breakfasts, and others able to secure donations and sponsorships are welcome. Various shifts are available, and just a brief two hours of your time will go a long way to deliver programs and services to those in need. For more information, contact us at [email protected] or visit

It's Never Too Late!

Please consider donating to Gather the Spirit for Justice! Each donation—no matter how big or small—plays a significant part in our ability to provide breakfasts, state IDs, personal supplies and other needed services to our neighbors in Allison Hill.

To keep our programs going through 2017, please select this link to donate online (via PayPal) or mail your check to Gather the Spirit for Justice, 1508 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17103.

Common Ground Café 

Making friends one pancake at a time

The free breakfast is served

restaurant style on the second and last Saturday each month, from 9 to 11 am.  There is also a kids activity area.

Click here to read more about the breakfast or to volunteer

Common Ground Community Center

 - Bringing neighbors together

Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 10 am to Noon.
The Center offers the neighbors in Allison Hill a safe respite from the stresses of the neighborhood.  

Gather the Spirit for Justice (GTS) brings together the residents of the Allison Hill community, area organizations, businesses and churches to address issues of social justice and economic equity.

GTS strives to be a place where people can find common ground, to meet and discuss the changes that need to be made to make Harrisburg a great place to live for all of its citizens.

GTS and its programs are located at the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg - Market Street Campus, at the corner of Market & 16th.

Gather the Spirit for Justice is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

To learn more about GTS, to volunteer for a program or to make a financial donation please email [email protected]

GTS is an "equal opportunity employer." GTS will not discriminate and will take "affirmative action" measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee, job applicant or volunteer on the bases of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

Gather the Spirit for Justice

1508 Market Street

Harrisburg, PA 17103


[email protected]

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When you support GTS programs, you are helping to create the space where relationships can grow, where people feel valued and loved.  The only thing that limits the amount of time that space is available is our financial resources.  
We can make the world a better place.

No matter the amount - every donation helps!   Gifts can be made by check or credit card/paypal. To make a donation click on the button below.


GTS Board of Directors

Jeff Sigel, President

Tom Miller, Vice President

Clay Lambert, Secretary

Ann Van Dyke, Secretary

Ryan Tobin, Treasurer

Sarah Ballard (CGC lead)

Chuck Daley

Wanda Givens

Beth Ann McCoy

John Hargreaves (UCH Liaison)


GTS Staff

Jacquie Rucker (Program Director)

GTS does not discriminate on the bases of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations, including staffing and provision of services. (See Full Equal Opportunity Employment statement below).