Seaman’s Church Institute

(SCI) Clothing Drive

SCI logo“From far-away lands, ship workers arrive in our Delaware River ports without basic provisions and without the means to advocate for themselves. Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) is an ecumenical ministry called to welcome and befriend these mariners. As one of the largest, busiest ports in the United States, our service area covers 125 miles of Delaware Riverway in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and accounts for $17 billion in regional commerce.” (from

These seafarers are often out to sea for weeks or months, no contact with their families, no place to worship, often confined to the ship. Working a ship may be their only way to support their family, and ship-owners may not always prepare them for the conditions they’ll encounter, pay timely, or provide assistance dealing with problems. SCI helps with all these issues and more.

Each year, Church of the Holy Spirit is a generous provider to people in need. The COHS-SCI clothing drive is an annual collection of good condition clothing for men, to be delivered to these seafarers. Normally delivered in winter, these clothes often help outfit mariners from around the world that are not prepared for the cold of the north seas.

To contribute time, clothes or money to the COHS-SCI clothes drive effort, or for more information, please contact Eric Frankhouser.

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