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How can I contribute to the Seafarers’ Centers?

Contributions of money, your time as a volunteer, books, magazines, and games are gratefully accepted. Donations are tax deductible, as the Houston International Seafarers Centers was chartered in 1972 as a 501 (c) non-profit organization.

Our Chaplains are supported through the Missionary Budgets of their denominations. You can help to fund these ministries by having your congregation and its vestry/board include the Seafarers’ Ministry during its Mission Funding Process. To donate to the overall ministry of the Seafarers’ Centers, please make your checks payable to “Committee for Ministry to the Port of Houston.”

Physical address: Houston International Seafarers’ Center, 9750 High Level Road, Houston, Texas, 77029

Mailing address: Houston International Seafarers’ Center, P.O. Box 9506 Houston, Texas 77261-9506

Donations to the “Ministry of the Seafarers’ Centers” help to cover the purchase of Bibles, help provide underwriting for the mobile phone ministry which provides cell phones to seafarers on board ships without the privilege to go ashore, help to cover supply chaplains when extra help is needed to ensure coverage of the two centers and ensure visitation of all ships entering the Port of Houston.

To donate toward the operational expenses of the Seafarers’ Centers, please make your checks payable to “Houston International Seafarers’ Centers,” and if you have a preference toward either one of our two centers, in the notation section place either “Howard T. Tellepsen Seafarers’ Center” or “Lou Lawler Seafarers’ Center.”

Ministry: How You Can Help!

Donate the Following Items (your “trash” can become TREASURE to our seafarers)!

  • Magazines (most popular include: National Geographic, Reader’s Digest, news, sports, entertainment, religious, and travel
  • Paperback Books
  • Jigsaw Puzzles
  • Playing cards
  • Board Games
  • Calendars
  • Greeting Cards

Give the Seafarers a Party!

Your group can come host a party for the seafarers at one of our Centers!  Just bring snack food and beverages and yourselves and come visit with the seafarers any evening.  To arrange a party, just call the Seafarers’ Center (713.672.0511) and ask to speak to the Chaplain-On-Duty. What have visiting churches done in the past? Brought Valentine’s cards for the seafarers to write home to their families, and then mailed them for the seafarers. Brought materials to make greeting cards or Christmas cards in order to send them home to their families. Brought choirs and singing groups to give a little concert for the seafarers or encourage them in a sing-a-long. Planned a weekend cook-out beside the swimming pool serving hamburgers and hotdogs.


Call the Seafarers’ Center to find out current volunteer needs. Volunteers are often needed to help answer telephones, help in a special project, and to provide practical assistance to seafarers during peak times. Volunteers are needed at both our Seafarers’ Centers—the one in Houston near the Ship Channel Bridge and our Center at the Barbours Cut facility near La Porte.