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Seafarer's Friend

Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Faith-Based
  • International


Ralph L. Garrett Seafarers Center77 BroadwayCHELSEA, MA 02150 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Seafarer's Friend extends the ministry of the chuches to meet the unmet spiritual, social, emotional, and physical needs in the New England Maritime Community


Through a holisitic approach, for over 187 years Seafarer's Friend has provided for the practical needs of multinational seafarers who visit the local ports of Boston, Portsmouth, NH and Portland, ME. Over 90% of everything we consume in New England is brought to us by ship through the efforts of these seamen who often come from developing countries spending up to one year away from their home and families in their effort to bring us consumer goods and help generate our regional economy.

Seafarer's Friend sends Chaplains and volunteers to visit the seamen who dock in Boston, Portsmouth and Portland. Additionally, we provide transportation, clothing, telephone cards, internet access and basic necessities for those whose journey pulls them far from home. Seafarer's Friend has a long standing and rich tradition of ministering to the maritime communities in New England's major ports.


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