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Seafarers’ House Names New Port Chaplain

January 9, 2018


We are pleased to announce that The Reverend Sanford Raymond Sears is our new port chaplain.

Father Sears comes to Seafarers’ House from Holy Guardian Angels Church in Lantana, Fla. where he served as vicar. He is an ordained priest in the Anglican Church who worked as a hospice chaplain for six years prior to serving at Holy Guardian Angels.


Father Sears is a retired United States Coast Guard Officer and spent two years in the United States Army.


Father Sears’ pastoral experience, as well as his service to the sea services as a member of the Coast Guard for many years, makes him a perfect fit for his new role,” said Seafarers’ House Executive Director Lesley Warrick. “We are lucky to have found someone with his background to fill this critical role of providing support to the thousands of seafarers who visit our port each year.”


One of the most demanding jobs at Seafarers’ House is that of chaplain. No two days are the same and no task is too small. From ensuring the chapel is fully stocked with necessary items, to ship visits, to responding to emergencies, the port chaplain is on call 24-7.


“While the role of a seafarer often is romanticized, it can be a difficult and lonely existence,” said Father Sears. “To become part of an organization that makes such a positive impact on the lives of these hardworking mariners is a role I am very honored to accept.”


Father Sears will lead a group of volunteer chaplains from various faiths who also support Seafarers’ House mission by providing counseling, assistance and spiritual resources.


Seafarers’ House Recipient of MLK-Day-of-Service Award

December 20, 2017


Seafarers’ House at Port Everglades is pleased to announce it was named a recipient of a $3,620 MLK Day-of-Service Award to assist with its annual Shoebox Christmas program.


Each year during the holiday season, Seafarers’ House volunteers wrap, fill and deliver more than 1,500 shoeboxes containing toiletries and other necessities to mariners aboard ships that dock at Port Everglades.


As part of this project, a group of volunteers will gather at Seafarers’ House on Jan. 15, 2018 – Martin Luther King Day – to wrap and fill 300 shoeboxes to get a head start on the 2018 Shoebox Christmas program.


“Our Shoebox Christmas program is 100 percent driven by volunteers who work with us year-round. As soon as we finish delivering the last boxes at the end of the holiday season, we begin to prepare for the following year,” said Seafarers’ House Executive Director Lesley Warrick. “This grant will provide us with a kick start and help us continue to put smiles on the faces of those mariners who may not get to spend the holidays with their loved ones.”


The Florida Legislature and Broward College, in partnership with the MLK Day of Service Advisory Board, allocated funding to 42 different community service organizations to develop and complete service projects.


"We are committed to fostering volunteerism and community service in our students, staff, and faculty," said Broward College President J. David Armstrong, Jr. "Our partnership with the MLK Advisory Board offers excellent projects and solidify our ongoing relationship with our community."


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