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Facilities & Services

Facilities

We share office space with Mariners' House on the Grand Quai in the Old Port of Montreal. In addition to housing our offices, Mariners’ House also contains the following amenities to serve the seafarers:
Chapel with piano for evening prayers and/or services
Quiet lounge, and a library of donated books and magazines which are free for the taking
Video/TV room to watch movies or current events
Activities such as karaoke, pool, billiards, ping pong, board games and music
Internet stations with high-speed wired and wireless connections, webcams, Skype, etc. at a minimal cost
Private phone booths, and phone cards with the best overseas rates
Snack bar offering a variety of juices, soft drinks, and snack foods
Gift counter to buy personal toiletries, souvenirs, clothing, and gift items
Currency exchange, postal services, money transfers to home countries
Message exchange center to help seafarers serving on different ships communicate with one another

Services

M2S exists for the sole purpose of meeting the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of seafarers through advocacy, friendship and practical hospitality. With the help of Mariners' House, we provide the following services: 

Spiritual

  • Daily visits by chaplains to each ship in port for conversation, prayer and encouragement (year-round)
  • Evening prayers or service each day at the Mariners' House chapel
  • Free Bibles and scripture portions (available in 52 languages!), tracts, and "Jesus" videos
  • Daily prayer by our staff for seafarers and their distant families

Emotional

  • A listening ear for seafarers who wish to talk about personal problems and temptations, or share about family problems peculiar to those who spend long periods of time away from home
  • Sharing in the joys and sorrows during one-on-one discussions with staff members and volunteers
  • Phone and Internet access at minimal cost so seafarers can stay in touch with family and friends (provided by Mariners' House)
  • Games, karaoke and monthly events that encourage social interaction
  • Christmas parcels for all seafarers docking in the Port of Montreal around the holiday period

Physical

  • Transportation to/from ships to shopping centers or Mariners' House
  • Free coffee and pastries
  • Snacks and beverages available for sale
  • Clothing, souvenirs and personal care items for sale

Legal & Advocacy

  • Visits to seafarers in hospital or prison
  • Awareness of maritime law, especially as it pertains to the rights of seafarers
  • Non-preferential relationships with both ships' officers and seafarers to be able to mediate on issues of justice
  • Co-operation with other community organizations in pursuit of common objectives
  • Co-operation with other Christian groups in port ministries