Seafarers International House is a harbor of hospitality for travelers in the Union Square neighborhood of New York City, conveniently located (one block) by major subway lines. Hospitality is extended to seafarers, church groups, international and domestic travelers as well as students and clergy. Our rooms are simple, clean, safe, modest in cost, and available for short stays. Helpful staff are available 24/7.
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.
IMMIGRANTS & ASYLUM SEEKERS
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.