The Port of Palm Beach Seafarers Center is a non-profit charitable corporation, established in the state of Florida in 2006, and was granted non-profit status in 2008.
Their mission is to welcome the hardworking seafarers in the “blue and brown” maritime industry serving the community and the Port with a "home away from home" through the established Seafarers Center at the Port of Palm Beach.
This organization is recognized by the Port as its only faith-based entity to serve the mariners on their behalf. They are made up of dedicated volunteers who strive to fulfill the mission of this organization to the best of their abilities. There is no paid staff at this time. Some of the services they offer are:
- Humanitarian outreach and compassionate fellowship, and when applicable, advocacy protection against prejudice, intolerance and injustice.
- Promote awareness of the benefits of their outreach services while respecting the loyalty of those engaged in maritime ministry to their particular faith and traditions.
- A multi-faith service ministry presence to extend a warm welcome and offer personal, emotional and spiritual counsel.
- Arrange ship visits when requested, provide a means to communicate home, and assist when delivering goods and services.
Above-Pastor Clayton Waddell and the Seafarers Center’s Executive Director, Aaron Hoffman, are shown delivering Christmas-at-Sea gifts to the crew of the Duke of Topsail. The gifts were provided by the surrounding community churches which included toiletries, socks, and handmade woolly hats and scarves. There are many more ships and crews that will also be receiving Christmas-at-Sea gifts.
Below - Duke of Topsail