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Seafarers House Inc

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Causes: Interfaith Coalitions, Religion

Mission: To improve the lives of seafarers and their families through multifaith service

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Seafarers' House is an example of why nonprofits exist. They not only provide eseential services that improve the quality of life for seafarers, but they are a good community partner that believes not only in the work that they do, but that the work they do supports others. Everyone I know from the organization is honest, sincere and genuine in their desire to help others. They do what so many nonprofits profess to do, they dedicare themselves to others.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

From the food on our tables, to clothes that we wear, to fuel and autos we use daily, and many many other household goods, all of these items could not be possible without the seafarer's who man the vessels which call on our port. Seafarer's House helps mariners from around the world to stay connected to their family and friends across the globe. F We could not enjoy a cruise without the thousands of crew members aboard these ships. For the brief time they leave their ships, Seafarer's House offers a vast array of services for their spiritual, familial and financial needs. This devotion to serve those who serve us in countless ways, has resulted in international recognition as the BEST SEAFARER'S CENTER in the world for 2012!

Jim Hampel
Seafarer's House Board of Directors, President







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Donor

Rating: 5

Before I learned about Seafarers' House and what it did, I really never thought about how so many of the products I use get to the US or about the people who bring it here. Once exposed, I realized how much so many others give to make my life in our country of abundance so easy. I am grateful for those who live their lives on the sea to bring products to us from around the world as well as those who enable us to have wonderful vacations on a cruise ship. What a wonderful and helpful organization!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Seafarer House is an extraordinary example of caring people making a huge difference in the lives of people in a very misunderstood industry. How is it possible that we serve over 150,000 seafarers a year in a facility consisting of two old portable buildings? This labor of love was started by two ministers in a van and has grown and survived to be ranked the best mission of its type in the world! We provide a multi faith practical care service center for the crew of cargo, cruise and petroleum vessels from around the world. I am proud to be a part of such a dedicated group of industry professional, religious leaders and business people who are committed to this mission.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I got involved in Seafarers House through a family connection. It is a nonprofit that has a mission of providing help for people who other nonprofits and the general public ignore. These people have real needs and little time to take care of the basics and without Seafarer House those needs would not be met. On my visit to the campus I see the joy in the eyes of the seafarers when they talk to the members of the staff about their concerns.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Seafarers House in Port Everglades is far and away the best nonprofit in the US. They work endless hours and offer full support to the 1000's of multi-national seafarers coming in and out of Port Everglades on a daily basis. Of course, it doesnt hurt that they are based in Port Everglades, one of the top commercial ports in the US.

1 Steve87

Board Member

Rating: 5

Do you want a "better bang for your buck?" You'll get it by supporting Seafarers House as a volunteer or as a donor! The benefits which accrue to the recipients ... those men & women who leave their families for many months at a time .. is heartwarming and beneficial to all concerned! Try it...you'll like it!

I've had the honor and privilege of serving on the board of Seafarers in the past and
would recommend your reaching out to the staff of dedicated persons who can assist
you in determining just how you can serve and support the organization in the best
way! Thanks in advance for your interest and financial support! You won't be sorry!
Steve Laine

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Seafarers' House, a multi-faith miistry, provides care, compassion and outstanding hospitality to our seafarers who are away from family and home for many months at a time. Staff and volunteers work tirelessy to provide a wide range of services to the seafarers. Seafares House provides support and counseling for seafares who are experiencing difficulties, whether in ther personal life or in their work life. Think of what it would be like if you were thousands of miles away from your family and your child was ill, or one of your parents has died. At Seafarers' House, all people of the sea find comfort and compassion and people who truly care.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Seafare's House is amazing. They look out for all seagoing individuals. They work endless hours helping those who are away from home I have enjoyed being a volunteer for over 16 years, and they are dear to my hear

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The work that Seafarers' House does is amazing and very often underappreciated. They never forget the men and women that work on the seafaring vessels that come into Port Everglades every day. These folks are far from home and their families. Sometimes they don't know anyone other than their other crew members.

They provide a safe haven where they are welcome to worship regardless of their religion. They provide books and newspapers very often in their own language. They provide transportation for them to run errands. But most impressive is that they provide a Christmas gift to them during the holiday season that lets them know they are not alone. There is someone that is thinking of them and caring about them when they can't be with their own families.

The services they provide are priceless.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Seafarer's House helps international marine workers have a home away from home in Port Everglades. Whether they need to call home, confide in a chaplain, need medical services, or a ride to the store, Seafarer's helps. Wherever one travels, Seafarer's House is admired around the world for its work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a voluteer for Seafarers House for over 10 years. Our visiting ship crew members could not get along without their services. From phone cards, transportation, counceling, supplies and a home away from home, Seafares House does it best.
The leadership of Seafarers House is top-notch and tirelessly works to improve the lives of each & every seafarer

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Excellent organization that go above and beyond to help seafares while at Port Everglades. Each your during the holidays they insure every seafarer coming into the port receives a holiday shoebox that contain personal items along with calling cards and other items to make the time away from home during the holiday season bearable.

1 Lesley8

Donor

Rating: 5

The work this nonprofit does often goes unnoticed and unheralded -- just like the people they serve. This small hardworking team works hard to take care of the maritime community it serves and its a pleasure to support them and work with them. Our world is affected and defined by its oceans and those who draw their living from them and we cannot and should not overlook the contributions of mariners to our civilization and our society.

1 Marta2

Donor

Rating: 5

This non-profit serves the merchant marines from all over the world who ship our goods to us. The mariners endure many hardships - away from their families for weeks and months, poor pay, uncomfortable living conditions, long hours, and no assurance that they won't be unemployed at the next port and stuck there without legal/medical/logistical help. But Seafarer's House is there to help! They provide legal support, medical advice, spiritual help and a home-away-from-home where the mariners can relax, use the computers and phones to contact their loved ones and have a meal. This non-profit operates on a shoestring budget and does it with uncommon cheer and humanity.

1 Joe_37

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is very rewarding volunteering for the Seafarers House. The feeling you get is indescribable knowing that you are helping enrich the life of a seafarer .

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

They say 90% of everything we use has been touched by a seafarer yet few even realize their impact upon our way of life. Seafarers are away from homes and family for 6 months at a time, they work, eat and sleep next to the same people and miss so many of the special joys of family life. Seafarers' House is a truly warm and friendly place for these hard-working individuals. It may be the first and only glimpse these mariners may get of America and it's a good one!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Seafarers' House provides pastoral care and practical assistance to seafarers and port workers at Port Everglades , FL. Seafarers (crew members) transport 90% of the world's commerce by sea. They are allowed only a few hours off the ship when they come into port. Seafarers' House provides access to much needed services in a safe, reliable, and friendly environment. We are there to help them deal with their issues at sea, such as lonliness, family separation, work related issues, spiritual and faith services or just being a friendly voice to talk to. They can also take care of all their needs, such as calling home, wiring money, buying necessities, and enjoy a game of pool, or simply watch television, or read a book. We provide all-inclusive services to our seafarers which is vital to them, as they do not have much time off the ship.

1 Sam A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became familiar with the Seafarers' House of Port Everglades about five years ago when another organization I belong to (WISTA - Women's International Shipping & Transportation Association) understood the significance of sustainability and recognized the need to add depth to our social component. We searched for a non-profit organization to which we could add value and the SFH of PEV was an obvious choice. Little did we know that as our mutual volunteer efforts began, it was the Seafarers' House which provided the depth we were seeking. - - - Having grown up in the marine industry, but always working ashore, it is SO VERY IMPORTANT for all of us to remember the crew onboard each and every ship. The sacrifice they make and that of their families is what drives world trade - yet this is not well understood. - - - We have all heard of "unsung heros". Well I can attest to the Seafarers' House being amongst those heros and I for one would love to hear their praises sang!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Seafarers' House provides pastoral care and practical assistance to ship crew members and port workers at Port Everglades , FL. They care for over 180,000 visitors per year who come from over 100 countries. Their chaplains frequently help seafarers cope with life emergency situations involving loved ones far away in their home countries. Serious illness and death present the seafarers with the difficult decision of remaining at sea to support their families and pay for funeral or medical treatment or flying home to bury their loved one.

On the practical side multilingual staff welcome the stranger and make them at home providing free WiFi, money transfer services and a friendly person to talk to.