Who We Are
In 1989, a seminary intern from Spain joined forces with a Coral Gables Attorney and the Episcopal Bishop of Southeast Florida to start a new chaplaincy, amid rapid maritime industrial growth in South Florida. It was then that a 185-year-old tradition of seafaring support finally began to flourish in Florida.
We started with four telephones and a 400 square foot hospitality center in Port Everglades. How things have changed! Today, our 4,200 square foot facility hosts over 150,000 crew visits each year, more than any other agency in North America. During the busy winter cruise season, over 1,500 phone calls are placed worldwide in a single day.
Our mostly volunteer pastoral care team representing faiths from around the world. We were nominated by the mariners we serve as the best in the world at what we do and were honored by Lloyd's List as the 2015 Seafarer Advocate of the Year, and by the International Committee on Seafarers’ Welfare as the Seafarers’ Center of the Year in 2012, bringing the award home to the United States for the first time. We are proud to serve the international seafaring community, doing our part to improve their quality of life, serve their needs, and tell their story.
Many cargo and crew companies fly “flags of convenience” by registering their ships in a state different to that of the ship’s owners. This improves the business’s tax position and cuts down labor costs, but it can make for very difficult conditions for the men and women who are working onboard. Most crew members now come from countries where unemployment is high, working long hours for what our society considers low wages. These hardworking seafarers leave their families for up to a year at a time in order to support them.
Being so far from home isn’t the only challenge; seafarers are nearly invisible to the societies they serve. This can leave them vulnerable to exploitation with few resources for protection. Seafarers’ House is working to give these men and women the support they so deserve, and our Chaplain is great with these special problems.
It takes a complete crew to support mariners at Port Everglades! Skilled individuals looking for employment opportunities or those looking to volunteer are encouraged to contact us. We welcome inquiries from interested parties at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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November 17, 2017
22nd Annual South Florida Business Leaders Luncheon
Join us for our 22nd Annual South Florida Business Leaders' Luncheon Benefiting Seafarers’ House Hosted by Holland America...