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The Imperial Beach Neighborhood Center is a local, non-profit organization founded in 2018.

It was born out of the Imperial Beach United Methodist Church's 70 years of work. On July 1, 2018, the Church closed and launched this public charity to carry on and expand upon the church's outreach.

The remaining congregants continue to worship, fellowship and provide financial support for this new organization that embodies the Christian values of helping those in need.

The Center is committed to serve all people regardless of religion, race, color, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, medical conditions, HIV/AIDS, disability, age, genetic information, marital status, military or veteran status, political affiliations or activities, status as a victim of domestic violence, assault, or stalking.

The Center engages with other nonprofits to deliver programs and services.

And the Center will, from time to time, provide a nurturing environment for worship, education and fellowship for religious congregations, groups and or organizations.

The Neighborhood Center if not a church and has no members; therefore, community-minded individuals of all ages to serve on committees, volunteer for programs and contribute financially.


The mission and vision of the Center is "to nurture hope and empower people to create a community in action.” Through all its efforts, the Center seeks to make Imperial Beach a stronger, healthier and more connected community.

The Staff

Executive Director, John Griffin-Atil

As Executive Director of the Neighborhood Center, John is focused on those in the community who are 'slipping between the cracks' with little to no support. He believes in the importance of doing, as Mother Theresa taught, "small things with great love." John is a native of northwestern Kansas where he grew up on a family farm. Educated with a Bachelor in Religion and Philosophy from Kansas Wesleyan University and a Master of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology; ordained in The United Methodist Church, his passion is social justice. He has served as pastor in Southern California since 1990 with being the pastor of the IB United Methodist Church from 1993-99 and 2013-2018.

In his work, he has championed various issues focused on an all-inclusive and just community. John's work always begins with listening. And he welcomes conversation.

Administrative Assistant, Jose' Griffin-Atil

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Board of Directors

The Imperial Beach Neighborhood Center is comprised of community-minded leaders whose work is to support the growth of the IB Neighborhood Center.

Cherry Arnold-Verry, Secretary;  Aaron Ruiz, Brian Barreto, Jose' Griffin-Atil, Interim Treasurer.