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Gather The Spirit For Justice: Common Ground Cafe

The first time I found myself at Common Ground Cafe, I was documenting Naed Smith from the Catholic Worker House. Dan Webster, who was writing the piece, and I followed him around for hours as he moved through Allison Hill–helping out at Common Ground Cafe, talking to people, eating with neighbors, checking in to satisfy needs in different community spaces, showing us the gardens where he grows food, and eventually, helping a woman move all of her belongings into a storage space. I remember Dan commenting, “We’ll never know how much Naed does for people,” and he was right. Naed is intentional–present and loving and peaceful.


Specifically, the introduction to Common Ground Cafe during our time with Naed stretched my expectations for spaces that aim to serve. There are so many instances where volunteer organizations, religious organizations, or volunteers themselves might intend to do good, but the mark is missed when care is not given to foster a safe, loving space to build community. Common Ground Cafe and the people who gather there embody those qualities that are essential to truly serve our homeless and underserved neighbors.

Here is a mashup of organizers, volunteers, and neighbors who come together for Common Ground Cafe every second and last Saturday of the month.


They’re always looking for volunteers! If you’re interested in joining them, just email Clay Lambert at commongroundbreakfast@gmail.com.

Thank you to Jeff Sigel from Gather The Spirit and my bud, David Yancey who helped out and made it possible for me to make images in this space. You’re both real swell fellas and I appreciate you, for sure.


The MakeSpace

The MakeSpace is a row house converted into artist studios and a community room that is intended for art shows (individual and collaborated), classes, projects, live music, collecting art materials, or whatever the swelling artistic hearts desire.  

I bet I sound like a broken record. The past few months I found myself enthusiastically spewing the phrase, “Have you been to the MakeSpace yet?!” almost on the daily. The opening has ignited immeasurable inspiration. The collaborating MakeSpace artists love this town. Art can be done anywhere but they chose HERE.  Through experiences, networks, and riding together on the same wave length they are existing as a creative catalyst for each other and the City of Harrisburg.

Boom!  Check it!

The Artists:

Leah and Fisher

Ian Kanski

Liz Laribee (Director)

Amanda Owens

Cat Rios

Upcoming events:

Live Music on Wednesday January, 16 at eight o’clock with a $5 suggested donation:  L’ASTRONAUT and HELLO SHARK

Fresh Prints:  a group exhibit is on Friday January, 18 from six o’clock until ten o’clock.
JACKIE BURKE (Harrisburg)
TENNYSON TIPPY (Philadelphia)

Go absorb:  http://hbgmakespace.com