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

Common Ground Cafe & 

    Common Ground Community Center

at 1508 Market Street, Harrisburg

Common Ground Community Center Photo ID Program

Most of us take our photo id for granted.  Here are just a few reasons you need one:


  • Get a job
  • Lease an apartment
  • Open a bank account
  • Apply for food stamps/Medicare/Social Security
  • Go to the doctor/dentist
  • Buy or rent a car
  • Get married
  • Buy a cell phone
  • Pick up a prescription


But what about those who don’t have a photo id? They can easily get one right? WRONG! The PennDOT process is both cumbersome and expensive for people in this income bracket.

   Current State Fee Schedule

   License Renewal $29.50

   Identification Card (Initial) $28.50

   Identification Card (Renewal) $28.50

   Identification Card (Replacement) $27.50


GTS has created a program to provide this critical service by helping people with the paperwork and with the financial cost. Since we are one of the few programs providing funds, several other organizations send people to us.


At CGCC, we  help people figure out how to get the required documents – they often already have most of them. The major hurdle is coming up with the fee when their income is already less than the cost of their basic monthly needs. How does one decide what expense to not pay in order to pay for a photo ID?


Having a photo ID opens so many doors, makes so many opportunities possible. In so many instances it is truly life changing. It elevates self-confidence and self-esteem. It removes many obstacles, empowers our neighbors, and offers hope.


BUT….we don’t have enough funds to help everyone who asks. For each person we can help, we are saying “not now” to five people. Making them wait keeps them from applying for jobs or getting the services they need.


Supporting the CGCC Photo ID program

Please consider a financial gift to help underwrite the costs of the ids. Please indicate when making your gift that it is for the photo id program.


Click here to make a gift online with paypal or credit card


Send checks to: GTS, 1508 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17103


Thanks for your support!


Success Stories


Most of the feedback we receive comes from neighbors who have gotten jobs because of the photo ID. Our secretary is the point of contact for our neighbors who need a photo ID, and as such, she is the recipient of the neighbors’ expressions of gratitude.


I have been in her office on a few of these occasions, and have witnessed a man break down in tears while thanking her. I have seen a man stop in almost weekly to tell her how he’s doing, how his life has changed for the better, and to thank her. I have seen a man bring her a single fresh flower almost weekly, without speaking, except with his eyes and his heart.