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

Gather the Bands a Success!!

Gather the Spirit volunteers, guests and friends met at Appalachian Brewing Company's Abbey Bar on Sunday, January 14, for the first Gather the Bands fundraising event to resounding success!! Emceed by Radio PA Network's David Payne, the event featured musical guests the New Arcona Reel BandThree If By Creek, national recording artists Tommy Gann, Ethan Mentzer and Todd Wright and a swing dance demonstration. The groups packed the house for a great afternoon of fun, food and fundraising! Guests also had a chance to bid on 30 silent auction items, including gift baskets, music CDs, local business and entertainment gift certificates and much more.

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, guests and volunteers, GTS was able to raise over $4,000 to continue building community in Allison Hill through Common Ground Community Center and Common Ground Café. The event's success would not have been possible without the support of our generous donors and volunteers. Thank you to those who help us make great things happen!

Giant Gift Cards Available

Gather the Spirit has $50 Giant gift cards available for purchase! Share a card to make someone's day bright or give a card to a family in need. Gift cards are also ideal to slip into a thank you 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 show your support for Gather the Spirit. 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.