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

 Common Ground Community Center and Common Ground Cafe

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

Common Ground Café 

Making friends one pancake at a time


Free breakfast is served restaurant-style on the last Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Guests and their families are welcome to enjoy a hot meal, god conversation, and a children's activity area. Click here to read more about the breakfast or to volunteer


Common Ground Community Center

 - Bringing neighbors together


The center offers the neighbors in Allison Hill a safe respite from the stresses of the neighborhood every Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 10 a.m. to noon.

To read more about the Center click here

Get Ready for Gather the Bands!

Join Gather the Spirit for a family-friendly fundraising event on Sunday, January 14, at 4 p.m. Come join GTS with neighbors, friends, family and volunteers as we socialize and raise funds to strengthen community in Allison Hill. The event, to be held at Appalachian Brewing Company's Cameron Street second floor Abbey Bar, will feature live music, including local favorite Arcona and Friends, national recording artists Ethan Mentzer, Todd Wright and Tommy Gann, and Mechanicsburg's own Three If By Creek. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. Walk-ins will get a $5 discount with the donation of a toiletry or non-perishable food item. If you cannot attend but would like to help, please consider donating your ticket purchase to a member of the Allison Hill community. Come see these great artists in one location for one night only! Don't delay, get your tickets today by calling 717-533-2632.

Giant Gift Cards Available

The holiday season is upon us, and Gather the Spirit has $50 Giant gift cards available for purchase! Share a card to make someone's season bright or give a card to a family in need this holiday season. Gift cards are also ideal to slip into a holiday note or give as a gift to co-workers, students, or neighbors. These one-size-fits-all cards fit perfectly into wallets and can be redeemed at Giant stores or online through Peapod. They’re a great way to share the joy of the season and show your support for Gather the Spirit at the same time. Cards are available in $50 denominations only and going fast, so get yours today! Please contact Program Director Jacquie Rucker at [email protected] or 717-232-0877 for more information..

Help us Fulfill Our Mission

As a primarily volunteer-driven non-profit organization, Gather the Spirit for Justice is always seeking charitable contributions to continue the success of programs offered through Common Ground Community Center and Common Ground Café. A fundraising letter campaign is currently underway, and we greatly appreciate those who have already responded with their support. Whether you have received a letter or not, every contribution, no matter how big or small, plays a significant part in our ability to serve our neighbors in Allison Hill. Toiletry items and monetary donations are always appreciated, and it’s never too early to start thinking about your 2017 tax deductions!


To keep our programs going, 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.

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.