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

Past President Addresses UCH Service

On July 23, former Gather the Spirit board of directors president Jeff Sigel led the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg's lay-led service at the Clover Lane and Market Street locations. Jeff's discussion on volunteering was a valuable reminder of what GTS does for the Allison Hill community, and what the community can do for GTS. Please take a moment to view his thoughtful message at

We're Back!

GTS Common Ground Café is back! As we move forward through 2017, Café breakfasts will be served on the last Saturday of the month only. In the interim, Common Ground Community Center remains open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of each week from 10 a.m. to noon. Stop by for food and fellowship, or join us in serving the community!

Giant Gift Cards Available

Back to school time is almost here, and Gather the Spirit has $50 Giant gift cards available for purchase! What better way to send your student off to school than with lunches, snacks, and other groceries from Giant? Gift cards are perfect for college students heading back to campus, and great for student-athletes needing snacks and hydration for fall sports and activities. These one-size-fits-all cards fit perfectly in wallets and student ID holders alike, and can be redeemed at Giant stores or online through Peapod. They're a great gift to get your student's year off right and show your support for Gather the Spirit at the same time. Cards are available in $50 denominations only and quantities are dwindling, so get yours today! Please contact Program Director Jacquie Rucker at 717-232-0877 or [email protected] for more information.

Want to Give Back? Join Us!

As we enter the progress through 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, 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 last Saturday each month, from 9 to 11 am. There is also a children's 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


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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.

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GTS Board of Directors

Clay Lambert, President

Tom Miller, Vice President

Darlene Kvaternik, Secretary

Ryan Tobin, Treasurer

Sarah Ballard (CGC lead)

Chuck Daley

Wanda Givens

Beth Ann McCoy

Ann Van Dyke

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).