About Us

The Story:

Tara and Joel: For years, it's been our dream to open a community gathering place where people can meet, share ideas and work together to make the South Side the best it can be. When we asked our friends Colleen Dempsey and Danny Lemmon to join the cause, they immediately had ideas about how they would use the space to create the community they wanted.

Colleen, a social worker who lives and works on the South Side dreamed of support groups, having often thought, “I wish there was an AA for people who aren't alcoholics. A place to check in, to listen and be listened to.” Colleen would also love to bring yoga to a community that may not yet have been exposed to the practice.

Danny's head went straight to music, “I came into music in a scene built by people who were under 21. We couldn't play at bars and clubs, so we played in churches, and our parents' basements. To have a permanent space for shows that did not rely on alcohol sales to stay open would be fantastic.”

So that's Community Grounds, a place to gather, and host the kinds of events we dream of, but more importantly the kind of events YOU dream of. There's a reason the place is called Community Grounds, and a reason the website is mycommunitygrounds.com. Tell us what you want to do here, we can do more together than any of us could alone.
We appreciate everyone's support to make this amazing change in the South Side a reality.

Thank you everyone,

Joel Cosme, Jr., Tara M Mullins-Cosme, Daniel Lemmon & Colleen Dempsey.