A home away from home.
The Galveston Seafarers Center is a non-profit, multi-denominational (inter-religious) organization aimed at serving the needs of men and women who live and work at sea.
The importance of seafarers is growing globally, nationally, and locally every day. International shipping of goods is growing with the global economy, forcing more corporations in the United States and abroad to understand the importance of importing and exporting. Nationally, our consumers demand cars, electronics, and house wares to name only a few, while U.S. manufacturers and farmers rely on the shipping industry to handle the exportation of products like steel, coal and grain. On a local level, Galveston relies on the port as a top employer and revenue maker. In turn, the port relies on ships to make Galveston a port of call. These ships, whether container, bulk, or cruise all depend on their seafarers to keep operations going.
The importance of the seafarer and his or her care while in Galveston is important to us. These men and women are fathers and brothers, sisters and wives, uncles and mothers, all of whom are far from home. It is likely they are lonely and missing the comforts of home. One thing for sure, everyone is eager to contact their loved ones, hear their voices, and now with modern technology such as SKYPE and messaging services, actually see them from computers with webcams and Internet. Seafarers Centers around the world make it a top priority to ensure these type of services are available at their facilities. If you are entering a new port and want to find out where to access the nearest facilities, please click the link below.