Compassionate Pre-Release and Post-Release Programs that Lead to Success


Our Mission

We work to empower the marginalized and build bridges in our community through advocacy, education and service.


Our Vision

We envision a community that recognizes the inherent worth and dignity of all persons and collaborates to offer hope and opportunity.


Our History

Founded in 1978  as Conference of Downtown Churches to respond to the demand for services after Hurricane Frederick,  the Conference of Downtown Churches worked collaboratively to obtain the maximum benefit of their combined resources to assist in recovery.  In 1993, the Conference of Downtown Churches was instrumental in the founding of the Bay Area Food Bank (now called Feeding the Gulf Coast) and the Homeless Coalition (now called Housing First, Inc.).  

In 2000, the Conference of Downtown Churches merged with other area churches to become Mobile Area Interfaith Conference (MAIC).  In 2002, MAIC addressed the critical need for a chaplaincy office at Mobile County Metro Jail by rehabbing the unused kitchen into an office/common use space.  Since 2002, the chaplaincy office has established GED services at Metro Jail along with weekly religious services.  In 2016, MAIC founded The Neighbor Center to respond to the needs of the inmates returning to the Mobile Area from Metro Jail and other correctional facilites.

Our Programs



Through the pre-release services at Mobile County Metro Jail Chaplaincy Program, inmates can attend GED classes, job readiness classes and religious services.  For more information about our pre-release services, click on picture.



Neighbors returning from incarceration to the Mobile Area can receive reentry case management services along with assistance with housing, employment, transportation, identification and other needs at The Neighbor Center in Mobile, AL.  For more information about our post-release services, click on picture.

Our Neighbors' Stories

See what a second chance looks like for one of our returning neighbors.

Support Us



Help us help returning neighbors.

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Upcoming Events



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2019 Annual Fundraising Luncheon


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The Neighbor Center

P.O. Box 16605 Mobile, AL 36616 / 901 Butler Drive Suite A Mobile, AL 36693

The Neighbor Center and the Metro Jail Chaplaincy Program are projects of the Mobile Area Interfaith Conference (MAIC) which is a nonprofit tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible