About the Imperial Beach Neighborhood Center

The Imperial Beach Neighborhood Center is a local, non-profit organization founded in 2018. It is committed to addressing the needs of the community of Imperial Beach which include food insecurity, homelessness, and supporting those in need with the necessary resources for a positive change. The Center engages the community to work together in order to create a more unified and empowered neighborhood.

The Imperial Beach Neighborhood Center is a 501(C)(3) Nonprofit Organization. Federal Tax ID # 83-3282329.

Our Mission

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.

Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion

The Imperial Beach Neighborhood 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 concept of the Center emerged from the outreach programs of the Imperial Beach United Methodist Church that was incorporated in 1948. With a diminishing membership, the church closed in 2018.  John Griffin-Atil who served as pastor of the church from 1993-99, and 2013-2018, founded the nonprofit organization, The Imperial Beach Neighborhood Center with the blessing of the California-Pacific Conference of The United Methodist Church. Today, the Imperial Beach Neighborhood Center attends to the South Bay beach community by providing the necessary services to those in need while also focusing on the empowerment and well-being of the community.

The Imperial Beach City Council approved 50-unit affordable senior housing at 455 Palm Avenue, location of the Imperial Beach Neighborhood Center on November 16, 2022.