Seafarers and International House, 123 East 15th Street, New York 10003, New York, USA
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Seafarers and International House 
123 East 15th Street, New York 10003, New York, USA
+1 212 6774800
General and in-room facilities and services available at Seafarers and International House
lobby bar
conference room
elevator on site
phone at the reception
located in the center
credit/debit cards accepted
telephone in room
heating in room
air conditioner in room
en-suite/private bathroom
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New York City: its big, its exciting its almost a little overwhelming. We make it all more manageable for you. Were not a hotel. Instead, we have a guesthouse where we conduct our mission to seafarers sojourners, where you other church community leaders can facilitate your charitable or civic missions. We are equipped for clergy meetings, servant trips, educational forums fellowship opportunities. Our room rates are remarkably modest. Our staff will help you navigate the maze of subways, busses, museums, historical buildings, theaters, parks, shops restaurants. Our 84-room guesthouse is located at the corner of East 15th Street and Irving Place in Manhattan, one short block away from Union Square Park, described as a one-stop destination for those who consider themselves health conscious, eco-friendly and deserving of the kind of spiritual bodily nurturing that in the past was mainly the province of spa vacations. Our Nordgren Chapel is home to Christ Lutheran Church, and guests are always welcome to join the congregation in Sunday worship. Our guesthouse features air-conditioned smoke free accommodations, color TV and full cable service, private telephones with voice mail, Internet access, coffee bar, library, linen service and private shared baths. We offer only short-term, overnight accommodations. For reservations or information, call (212-677-4800) or email (

Seafarers International House 123 East 15th Street New York, NY 10003 Phone: (212) 677-4800 | mail: For lodging information and reservations, email: We welcome you to Seafarers International House, a mission of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, reaching out to seafarers and sojourners of all faiths and gathering the church communities for servant trips, education forum and fellowship opportunities in New York City. Whether in our Manhattan guesthouse or in ports in the northeastern United States, you are invited to “real presence, real mission. Welcome aboard! Pastor. Marsh Luther Drege Executive Director Pastor Marsh Luther Drege Executive Director. Those who are rich and those who are poor are called into relationships of generosity from which each can benefit. Seafarers International House believes in good stewardship. Over 80% of your donation goes to our programs and services, and less than 20% goes to administration and fundraising. Join us, please, in caring for all God’s seafaring and sojourning children. Christopher V. Roehrer Director of Development Christopher V. Roehrer Director of Development

Mario, a 35 year-old Filipino seafarer, arrived in the Port of New Haven aboard a merchant ship loaded with steel from Antwerp, in excruciating pain from kidney stones. The port chaplain immediately took him to the local hospital, where he was diagnosed with threatened failure of his remaining kidney. Years earlier, he had donated a kidney to a cousin. The hospital doctors determined that it was too dangerous for him to remain on the ship enroute to Liverpool. He would have to resign his contract and be repatriated for further treatment in the Philippines. It was not certain that the treatment would be successful. What was certain was that Mario would never get another seafaring contract, and he needed the job. He had a wife and two young children. He was sending his younger siblings to college. And he was helping his elderly parents. The port chaplain accompanied him back from the hospital, explained the diagnosis to the ship captain, stayed with Mario while he packed his belongings, and drove him to the airport for the flight to Manila. There is no happy ending here. Confronting a life-threatening illness at age 35 with an extended family depending on you is emotionally devastating. Sometimes bad things happen to good people. Nobody should be alone at a time like this. The port chaplain stayed with the young seafarer and was a comforting presence and a source of hope. You can help continue this presence and this hope with your donation.

Home Page Serving seafarers, sojourners and community since 1873. Click to return to home page. Port Ministry: Seafaring is very nearly solitary confinement with just a few hours; opportunity between voyages to re-connect with the world ashore. Click here for more information. Urban Ministry: Ironically, it;s easy to become lost and alone in a megalopolis if you;re a domestic violence victim, a visiting family member of a hospitalized patient or a stranded traveler. Click for more information. Guesthouse: In midtown Manhattan, our guesthouse is a refuge for seafarers and sojourners, as well as a gathering place for clergy, church members and community groups. Click here for reservations and more information. Links: Here are important, relevant websites you need to see. Click here to view listings. Donations: This month, a new seafarer and a new sojourner really need your help and support. Click here for details and online donation opportunities. Contact Us: You can reach us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at [011]-1-212-677-4800, or leave an email message. Click here to learn more. We are a Lutheran mission for seafarers and sojourners. Because nobody should be isolated and forgotten, whether at sea or ashore. We began in 1873 as an Augustana Lutheran mission from Sweden. We strive to nurture the human spirit. We strive to foster human dignity. And we strive to be good stewards of our mission resources. Copyright © 2008 Seafarers International House. All Rights Reserved.

Like many cities, New York is filled with contradictions. With over eight million persons residing in New York City, there are not sufficient accommodations for domestic violence victims. While New York City is home to several world class hospitals and medical centers, most families of critically ill patients cannot afford hotel and restaurant charges to remain with their loved ones during treatment and recuperation. For all the educational opportunity and excitement offered by premier colleges and universities in New York City, students here can find life and learning here a little daunting. Our mission to sojourners in New York City is to help them re-claim their lives amid adversity and distraction. We seek to be a home away from home for them, offering these special sojourners pastoral care, hospitality, social assistance, advocacy and prayer. If our mission doesnt have the resources to address a particular sojourners need, we find a mission that does, and we get them there. View our Photo Gallery. Copyright © 2008 Seafarers International House. All Rights Reserved. sitemap.xmlSite Map

Driven by an insatiable demand for consumer goods at bargain prices, we import millions of tons of food, clothing and durable goods annually. These imports arrive at our shores on merchant ships, crewed by seafarers from undeveloped nations struggling to feed their families. The standard crew contract calls for ten months or more service at modest wage rates and few benefits. In ten months, a seafarer runs out of toothpaste and other necessities, but has little time or opportunity to shop, see a dentist, or even call home. So our port chaplains board the merchant ship to offer pastoral care, hospitality, social assistance, advocacy and prayer for these migrant workers of the sea. The seafarers are not disposable assets. They're real people no less than ourselves, and they are entitled to our care, compassion and community support.

Seafarers generally come from under-developed countries where the average wayge is low and the employment opportunities scarce. In the global economy, workers from these countries are a bargain - low wages and few benefits - and they are plentiful. So, they are often targets of abuse and exploitation. Additionally, seafarers spend most of their time in international waters, thousands of miles away from home, so they don't have anybody with whom to lodge complaints or vent their frustrations. It is a terribly lonely existence. Very little international trade is done between under-developed countries. The overwhelming percentage of maritime cargo is destined for the United States and the European countries. We are not merely disinterested observers of maritime operations. We're consumers of a vast variety of authomobiles, clothing, food, toys, and other household goods. We're price-conscious, and we drive down the wages and benefits of seafaring. More importantly, seafarers are human beings - children of God. We need to reach out to them as an expression of our humanity and faith. Special Announcement
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