IV Ministries defends its practices amid criticism, investigation

Imperial Valley Ministries Pastor Victor Gonzalez (left) said the 40-year-old organization had personally helped him and his family during his struggle with substance abuse in the past. JULIO MORALES PHOTO

EL CENTRO — Despite the uncertainty of being the subject of an ongoing federal investigation, Pastor Victor Gonzalez said that activities at Imperial Valley Ministries have resumed no differently than before the May 22 raid by the FBI.

The church continues to publicly fundraise throughout the Valley and minister to individuals with substance-use problems, housing them at the organization’s recovery homes under the same rules and conditions as before.

Staff Writer Julio Morales can be reached at jmorales@ivpressonline.com or 760-337-3415.

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