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


With news reports of the spread of COVID-19 and utmost concern for the health and safety of our staff, guests, volunteers, and the greater Allison Hill and Harrisburg communities, the Gather the Spirit for Justice Community Center is closed for services until further notice. This will impact regular Monday, Wednesday, and Friday community service hours, and other programs.

GTSFJ will continue to monitor and assess circumstances surrounding the re-opening and communicate accordingly. We appreciate your understanding and welcome any questions at [email protected] or 717-512-9449.

Keeping Our Community Healthy

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a heavy burden on our community, limiting access to necessary services and goods. In light of social distancing restrictions, Gather the Spirit for Justice is working hard to provide needed supplies to those in need.

GTSFJ has launched a volunteer campaign to make and donate homemade fabric face masks for community members. To date, more than 40 homemade face masks have been donated for volunteers of Food Not Bombs and First Church of the Brethren, with additional requests from a local shelter and YMCA. We are incredibly proud of this effort and the opportunity to fulfill these needs!

But our work is not done. If you have the ability to make and donate homemade face masks for these vital workers, please do so. Here are a few helpful tips:

We thank you in advance for your support. Please stay home, stay safe, and stay healthy.

Did You Know...?

...In 2019, approximately 75% of Gather the Spirit for Justice's revenue has come from donations? The remainder came through grants. Did you also know that our operating expenses exhaust more than 80% of our expenses? This leaves us with very little on which to improve our programs and services. GTSFJ currently offers two programs:

Common Ground Community Center (CGCC) is an open door environment that welcomes members of the community for a light snack, help to obtain food vouchers or a state ID, a safe respite from the stresses of the neighborhood, and access to newspapers and magazines. In the past, CGCC has also offered personal hygiene items, books for adults and children, and clothing donations to help our community.

Common Ground Cafe (CGC) is a community breakfast for the residents of the Allison Hill community. Like the CGCC, the Cafe welcomes guests for a respite from the neighborhood and a welcoming environment where guests can catch up with community neighbors and friends. Breakfasts have averaged 200 adults and children and provide a simple but nourishing meal to our guests. We hope to resume Cafe breakfasts when renovations to our new home are complete.

While providing valuable community services, the CGCC and CGC have evolved into a blended and extended family. Neighbors and guests often share their thanks for the value GTSFJ brings in building relationships and providing an environment of respect, dignity, and love. 

As a not-for-profit organization, we cannot provide the Common Ground Community Center and Common Ground Cafe programs without you. As we look to expand our programming to strengthen citizenship,  engagement, and action in Allison Hill, we need you. GTSFJ conducts fundraisers at select times throughout the year, but your regular monthly donation would be greatly appreciated. A $32 donation each month covers one photo ID. Just $10 or $20 or more each month can help us continue our mission to serve our neighbors in Allison Hill.

Please consider a monthly donation to Gather the Spirit for Justice. Payment can be made via PayPal through our website, or by check to our mailing address at 119 N. Lakeview Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

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 Christ Lutheran Church, 124 South 13th Street, Harrisburg.

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.