GUESTHOUSE Relocated ...

Since October 1, 2021, Seafarers International House is headquartered in a temporary home, a floor at The Markle Residence run by the Salvation Army, complete with 10 guestrooms and offices. We are continuing our robust ship visiting, faithful advocacy for our mission recipients and housing of seafarers and asylees.

We do receive your mail at:

123 East 15th Street

New York, NY 10003 

and can be reached at our regular number: (212) 677-4800 and email: 

If you are a seafarer with a valid MMC in need of accommodation in Manhattan or other assistance, please email or call us at (212) 677-4800. If you need to access mail or your locker, please make an appointment at least 24 hours in advance. 

With unpredictable travel and pandemic regulations, we maintain our service to people in need through leasing our building to an organization that aligns with our mission of caring for individuals with transitional housing needs, - while we continue to provide lodging to seafarers and asylees. Throughout the pandemic, we have not missed a day in offering shelter.

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Did you know that the international shipping industry is responsible for the carriage of around 90% of world trade?

Working on these ships are seafarers (mariners or crew members), often for months on end.  In that isolation, they are at risk of piracy, abusive co-workers, depression, and accidents. These mariners hail from over 150 nations. When they finally enter a US port, many are denied shore leave because they are viewed as security risks. Or they are allowed on land, only to have no transport to take them where they need to go.

Seafarers International House staff assist them by being able to board their ships or offer rides in our vans.

SIH also continues the work of the German Seamen's Mission with German speaking staff and port chaplains.


Almost everyone living in the United States of America is an immigrant, a descendant of immigrants, or a descendant of people forcefully brought here. Today, when people enter the USA to seek asylum after escaping from life-threatening conditions at home, they are placed in detention centers, privately operated jail-like facilities. Here they are confined for many months, sometimes even years, without fresh air or windows, sharing space with many others.  Detainees have only very limited access to the outside world, often fearing for the well-being of their families and children.  Seafarers International House staff and volunteers visit them to nurture their minds and to give them hope.  Once they are granted asylum, a few stay at the guesthouse and receive social assistance free of charge until these new Americans find a permanent home and employment and become contributing members of society. 


Interested in supporting seafarers and immigrants? Learn more about how you can help by visiting detainees, knitting scarves for the Christmas-at-Sea initiative, or supporting advocacy programs and fundraising events like the Right to Asylum Reception or the Setting  the Course Banquet. 

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