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"Seafaring is like being in jail, with the chance of being drowned..." Dr. Samuel Johnson

Welcome to Seafarers International House, a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, where we provide a Harbor of Hospitality to seafarers, sojourners, and people on the way.  Whether in the ports of New York, New England, New Jersey, Baltimore, Philadelphia, or at our guesthouse on Union Square in Manhattan, we care for you because nobody should be isolated or forgotten, whether at sea or ashore.


Our ministry to asylum seekers is one of providing temporary housing for those who have recently been released from detention.  In addition to basic housing, these newest arrivals to the U.S. need basic provisions and here is how you can help. By contributing to our “Getting Started Fund” you can insure that a vulnerable asylum seeker receives their daily bread and other needs.

$20 - A metro subway pass
$30 - A Goodwill Thrift Store card
$40 - A Trader Joe’s Gift Card
$200 - Sponsor an asylum seeker for two weeks

Click here to help our asylum seekers with our "Getting Started" Fund. Contribute to line item "Immigrant Ministry."