123 East 15th Street
New York, NY 10003

212-677-4800

info@sihnyc.org

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Guesthouse

Seafarers International House is a harbor of hospitality with 84 rooms close to Union Square, a subway hub.

Port Mission

Please call (212) 677-4800 ext. 1219, if you need a chaplain to visit your ship or send us an email.  If possible, contact us as early as you can so we can plan accordingly.

Donate

You can help seafarers and immigrants with your donation. Just click the donate button and you will  have the choice to support immigrants, seafarers, or where it is needed most. 

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THE HISTORY OF

SEAFARERS INTERNATIONAL HOUSE

“Seeing” those who are often invisible since 1873

1873-1895

Parish based immigrant focus including seafarers in partnership with the German Seamen’s Mission

1895- 1898

Rented two houses on Moore St.reet  with 18 rooms primarily for immigrants

1898-1927

Rented #5 Water Street for the tidal wave of immigrants (40,000 a year)

1917

With America's entry into WW I in 1917 seafarers emerged as primary beneficiaries and after the stock market crash of 1929 service to homeless men increased 

Adapting to needs and refocusing mission for over 145 years

1927

Purchased  #6 Water Street adding 34 rooms and a cafeteria,for seafarers and homeless men

1941

With Amercia's entry into WW II debarking servicemen became the focus

Responding to emerging needs

1964

Opened the new Guesthouse near Union Square (84 rooms) after a merger with the Lutheran Home for Women providing lodging for seafarers, women in crisis, survivors of violence, displaced people, and immigrants, especially asylum seekers   

1983

The German Seamen's Mission in New York, a member of the German Seamen's Mission (Deutsche Seemannsmission e.V.) based in Bremen, Germany, was originally founded in 1907 in Hoboken.  After the Hoboken operations closed, the German Seamen’s Mission was housed at SIH in 1983. By 2012 the German Seamen's Mission of New York became officially part of Seafarers International House.

Harbor of Hospitality

2008

Since 2008 visitation to ships and transporting of seafarers has increased with 7 port chaplains in New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Southern New England.

Around the same time, we established a visitation program to nearby Detention Centers to encourage asylum seekers and offer them a transitional home once released.

Travelers staying at our Guesthouse help make this mission possible

THANK YOU!