Human Services

Brunswick Port Society, Inc

  • Brunswick, GA
  • www.seafarercenter.org

Mission Statement

The International Seafarers' Center provide a home away from home for more than 12,000 international merchant mariners coming through the Port of Brunswick each year. We provide for their physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional needs while they are in port.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Christmas at Sea
  3. Port-as-Classroom
  4. ISC Nursing Program
Service Areas

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International

Though the International Seafarers' Center is a local nonprofit in Brunswick, GA, we serve merchant mariners from all over the world as they come through the Port of Brunswick.

ruling year

1984

Principal Officer since 2010

Self-reported

Mr. Greg Smilski

Keywords

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Seafarers, merchant mariners, seamen, advocacy, human rights, port, maritime, human services, international, transport workers, crewmen, seafarer, hospitality, spiritual, religious, port chaplain,

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Also Known As

The International Seafarers' Center

EIN

58-1544208

 Number

7980169310

Physical Address

307 Newcastle Street

Brunswick, GA 31520 8573

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

International Human Rights (Q70)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Through the generous support of our community, we are able to provide computer, internet, and phone access for every seafarer coming through our port. We have free clothing, bibles, toiletries, and food available to crew. We have three vans used to transport crew to medical, recreation, & shopping. Our volunteers visit each ship that comes in, to ensure we meet the needs of all crew aboard.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

The Seamen's Houses programs include physical support by providing free second hand clothing, books and magazines, emotional support through the use of an International Phone Bank with discounted rates, International mail service, separation, grief and marriage counseling. Spiritual support is provided by Christian Chaplains accepting people of all faith groups offering compassion, love and support with free Bibles, and other religious materials in over 60 languages. Church services are also available onboard ships or in our two centers.

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Program 2

Christmas at Sea

Throughout the year, the International Seafarers' Center collects donations of ditty bags & shoeboxes filled with small gifts, snacks, toiletries, and clothing. From Thanksgiving until Epiphany, every seafarer who comes through the Port of Brunswick recieves one of these Christmas Gifts. Sometimes, these small packages are all a seafarer will have to open on Christmas Morning.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

Program 3

Port-as-Classroom

The International Seafarers' Center has partnered with local schools to bring the educational opportunities within the port to local students. By exposing students to the international, economic, and trade activity going on in their own community, we hope to expand their horizons and open up the world to them.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$3,000.00

Program 4

ISC Nursing Program

Through our wonderful volunteer nurses, the International Seafarers' Center offers free health screenings to seafarers and other port workers. Partnering with Southeast Georgia Health System we operate a small infirmary on Colonel's Island. We also partner with the College of Coastal Georgia and have student nurses who come to the centers and offer free health screenings.

Category

Health Care

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Though the International Seafarers' Center is a local nonprofit in Brunswick, GA, we serve merchant mariners from all over the world as they come through the Port of Brunswick.

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INTERNATIONAL SEAFARERS' CENTER INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Brunswick Port Society, Inc

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Principal Officer

Mr. Greg Smilski

BIO

Greg moved to Saint Simons Island twenty-two years ago to teach at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland and twenty-eight years working in federal law enforcement. Since retirement, Greg has been involved in international training; teaching law enforcement officers in the Bahamas, Canada, Botswana, Nigeria, and Guatemala. Greg's volunteer ministry includes: Manna House, Hospital Visitor and he is a five-year veteran of the International Seafarers' Center. Greg is a Diaconate Candidate for the Diocese of Savannah and is currently working on his Masters Degree in Theology. He recently completed the Houston Maritime Chaplaincy Training Program conducted at the Port of Houston, Texas.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Bill Dawson

Georgia Ports Authority

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