Giving To SCI

I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.      Maya Angelou


Seamen’s Church Institute was formed in 1919, and now – 94 years later, Seamen’s continues to offer services and support to those working on the waterfront and to those in need from our community.   In 1930, Edith and Maude Wetmore donated the construction of a building at 18 Market Square to Seamen’s in honor of their industrialist-era parents, Rhode Island Senator (and former Governor) Mr. and Mrs. George Peobody Wetmore. This prominent building on Newport’s waterfront proved ideal for Seamen’s purposes in 1930 and continues critical to the mission to be misssion critical today providing convenient access to programs and services for the general public, at-risk populations, visiting and local mariners, and waterfront workers.

Seamen’s Church Institute’s mission is ‘to provide men and women of the sea, and persons referred from the Newport community, a safe haven in which they may find comfort, aid and benefit.”  The organization is a small, flexible and well-managed human services agency that makes a significant impact on those served by its mission and programs.  In 2012,  5,121 meals were given through in house and delivery programs such as Soup to the Docks which delivers soup directly to the fishing docks in Newport and the Port of Galilee; 287 families were given gift cards to purchase food for their families; $17,800 was spent on basic human needs for prescriptions, clothing, shoes, transportation etc. Another $5,600 was spent on emergency housing in addition to the transitional housing offered on site at our facility. Seamen’s also provides a safe haven for over 15,000 people seeking support meetings. In addition to these extraordinary services, Seamen’s provides showers, laundry assistance, heating assistance and so much more with a quiet dignity and respect for each individual seeking assitance.

By giving today, your generous contribution will support the mission and good work of Seamen’s Church Institute. Please consider one of the following options for your charitable giving. If you need additional information or would like to schedule a visit to see our mission in action, please contact our Superintendent, Michelle Duga at 847.4260.

Become a member of Friends of SCI

Annual membership in the “Friends of SCI” provides the on-going operating funds needed to meet our responsibilities to the mission and those we serve. Your support as a Friend will help preserve a legacy of service as we continue to provide assistance to local and visiting mariners as well as individuals and families in need from the community.

Membership is offered at multi levels of support, contact Deedra Durocher at 847.4260 for more information.

Giving to Seamen’s is an endorsement of the good work and commitment to our mission.

The following are some of the innovative ways donors have honored our organization:

  • Name Seamen’s Church Institute in your will
  • Bequests and gifts of Stocks
  • Memorial Giving
  • Year End Contributions
  • Room naming options
  • Contribution through United Way – SCI’s donation number is 227
  • Donation of quality used and new clothing, toiletries, socks and gloves for distribution
  • Patronage of Aloha Café and referral to friends and family
  • Referring friends and family to stay at Crow’s Nest Newport

To donate, volunteer or request information, please contact us at:

Seamen’s Church Institute
18 Market Square
Newport, RI 02840
Donations should be made payable to: THE SEAMEN’S CHURCH INSTITUTE.

As always, we Thank You for your support