Lighting the Way for Mariners Since 1972
The Seafarers’ Center of Beaumont, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, was founded in 1972 by a diverse group of individuals from the maritime and religious communities, and is sponsored in part by the Port of Beaumont. The Center was designed as a non-denominational mission dedicated to offering all seafarers arriving Port of Beaumont and docks along the Sabine-Neches Waterway services and a haven from the isolation of life aboard a merchant vessel.
Hardworking men and women of the maritime industry make huge sacrifices to provide the world with a way of life to which it has become accustomed. Spending many months on board a vessel, away from family and friends, mariners face dangers and challenges unique to their round-the-clock profession. Away from the support of their local communities, the Seafarers’ Center gives mariners a place to feel “at home.” The Center offers a warm welcome to seafarers and military personnel working at The Port of Beaumont.
Our staff and volunteers meet mariners right where they work—aboard cargo ships and vessels that arrive at Port of Beaumont and docks along the Sabine-Neches Waterway.
Serving Mariners From All Over the World
The center provides personal, practical and spiritual guidance. Services include distribution of donated personal items, shuttle services to places to shop (contributing thousands of tax dollars to our local economy). In addition, mariners are offered a place to worship, enjoy fellowship and free access to the internet. Calling cards are sold at cost to help mariners maintain relationships at home.
Professional staff serve as advocates for seafarers’ who may not have been treated fairly at sea and work. A board of directors and staff work to achieve the center's goals and objectives with support of the community, local churches and businesses.
SERVING MARINERS & MILITARY PERSONNEL
Our goal is to promote great opportunities for seafarers and military visiting the Beaumont area. Learn more about our work by getting in touch with our team today. You will enjoy learning how our staff and volunteers assist thousands of mariners each year, offering a hand of friendship and pastoral care. They also provide practical services like; gifts from local churches, personal items, calling cards, and internet services to connect with loved ones at home.
TOUCHING THE LIVES OF THOUSANDS
With our organization’s mission always in mind, we strive to find new strategies for dealing with seafarers' challenges. Working closely with the United States Coast Guard, shipping agencies, and other regulatory arms, the center provides advocacy for all merchant mariners from around the world to ensure that seafarers’ rights and dignity are preserved without regard for interfaith and cultural backgrounds.
YOU CAN HELP
Please consider giving a monetary donation or ask your organization collect toiletries and personal items mariners use at sea. This is an excellent project for church groups, youth groups, schools, civic organizations, businesses and clubs as well as for families and individuals. The goal of the Seafarers’ Center of Beaumont is to meet the needs of the seafarers who visit the ports all along the Sabine-Neches Waterway.
NEWS & VIEWS
LOCAL NON-PROFIT MAKES A SPLASH WITH SUMMER FUNDRAISER HONORING CONGRESSMAN RANDY WEBER
May 23, 2019
BEAUMONT – May 24, 2019, In recognition of his leadership and many contributions to the continued economic vitality of Southeast Texas, the Seafarers’ Center of Beaumont, is pleased to announce Congressman Randy Weber has been chosen to receive the 2019 Sabine-Neches Waterway Outstanding Service Award. The award will be presented at the Seafarers’ Center Annual Gala scheduled for August 8, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Beaumont Plaza. This prestigious award is made in memory of Tom Jackson (1952-2005). Tom was the general manager of the Jefferson County Waterway Navigation District, where he spearheaded efforts to deepen and widen the waterway system. He chaired the Sabine Neches Waterway Safety Council and served on many United States Coast Guard and United States Army Corp of Engineers committees. The award is awarded to one individual annually for outstanding contributions and support for the waterway system. Previous recipients include Henry Nix, Paul Beard, Captain Mark Taylor, Rep. Joe Deshotel, Senator Brandon Creighton and Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick.
Congressman Weber is a public servant, former small business owner, and third generation Texan, representing the 14th District of Texas. He holds a key leadership role on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology (SST), serving as the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Energy. Congressman Weber is also a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (T&I) where he serves on three subcommittees: Water Resources and Environment; Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation; and Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials. Congressman Weber is also a member of the Ports Caucus. His first two terms in Congress, the Congressman served on the Foreign Affairs Committee. For 65 years, Congressman Weber has called the Gulf Coast home. He and his wife Brenda have been married for 42 years. The Webers have three children and eight wonderful grandchildren.
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Phone # 409-832-3292
NATIONAL MARITIME DAY CELEBRATED AT PORT OF BEAUMONT
May 22, 2019
On National Maritime Day, we join Port of Beaumont Commissioners and staff and members of the US Army 842nd Transportation Battalion as we honor the men and women who, throughout our history, have served with professionalism, dedication, and patriotism in the United States Merchant Marine. We recognize these seafaring merchant mariners for helping to fuel our economy, maintain our sea power, and support our national security.