Programs & Support
Mental Illness Support Group
Are you struggling with mental illness? Do you feel like no one understands your depression/anxiety/trauma? The mental illness peer to peer support group is open to anyone who lives with mental illness such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, etc. You do not have to be an LGBT community member to attend. The group is completely free and confidential. The group meets weekly, Wednesday at 6:00 PM.
12 Step Recovery Meeting
Going to your first 12-step meeting can inspire many emotions: excitement, fear, relief, worry. No matter how you are feeling, you can expect to find a group of welcoming, supportive individuals who are eager to meet you. One of the foundational premises of AA and NA is that newcomers are the heart and soul of the group and help it live up to its primary purpose of helping addicts who are still suffering. Many people have found life-saving fellowship through 12-step recovery and are eager to pass along the support and encouragement that was freely given to them. The group meets weekly, Wednesday at 12 noon.
This support group is offered in both English and Spanish for youth and adults who identify within the transgender spectrum. Together we explore the challenges of being transgender, gender non-conforming, non-binary, etc., as well as transphobia, transitioning and advocacy. Groups are weekly, Tuesday at 4:00 PM for Spanish speakers, 6:00 PM in English.
If you are living with HIV/AIDS, we welcome you to join us. We will discuss dealing with Illness, medication, stigma and disclosure and any challenges one faces on a daily basis. This diverse group of people share a common need to support and assist each other in the best possible way. The group meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 6:00 PM.
“I’m thankful every day to be a part of this wonderful place. It is not only a beacon of hope for our LGBTQ community, but for anyone who walks through the doors. Most importantly a safe space for anyone who needs it.”
“The center gave me a platform and helped me become more visible and who I am today.”
Frequently Asked Questions
When is the Center open for services?
The Center is open Monday – Friday at 10:00 AM, some weekends and most holidays. To find out what is happening at the Center, please go to Monthly Calendar.
Can I visit the Center and attend to the groups even if I’m not from El Centro?
Yes, the Imperial Valley LGBT Resource Center is open to all the community, including all the Imperial Valley and even Mexicali. We are here for everyone.
Is there a cost to visit the Center or to join any group?
Our services are free of charge unless indicated.
Are straight people allowed?
We accept everyone, we are here to help our community.