PAISC: New Building Update

The new Port Arthur International Seafarers' Center building is under construction now located at 401 Houston Avenue at the end of Procter Street. This is your source for updates on the building progress - check back often! If you have questions please feel free to call us at anytime!! (409) 409-982-4504

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Generous donors come forward!

Dear Friends,

We received 2 generous donations this past week. Mr. Clark Colvin and Huntsman Petrochemicals Corp presented Fr. Sinclair with a check for $5000 and pledged another $5000 from next years budget. Fr. Sinclair blessed one of the Rowan rigs this weekend, and was presented with a check for $1000 by Rowan. This brings Rowan's contribution up to $2,000.

We sincerely appreciate their generosity. If any of you wish to donate, or would like to encourage someone else to do so, feel free to e-mail us for a copy of our list of donors. You can send that e-mail to me at

We've had plenty of rain the past week or so, but work continues at the Seafarers' Center, as we rebuild the old KCS Depot.

I took a few pictures today, just to keep you all updated. As you can see, the crews are working on the roof of the middle section today. The area below the bucket truck is where the communications room and other seafarer activity spaces will be.

By the way, the Sabine Pilots were gracious enough to donate funding for the Communications room, some time back. And just a couple of weeks ago, Mr. Jeff Hayes donated an old Sabine Pilots sign to us, for the new building. So I think I know where that wonderful piece of our local Maritime History will go!

Thanks to all of you who have donated, and please help us continue to spread the word!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

G&G Contractors

Dear Friends,
I came across some pictures of a Press Conference we held when we first announced G&G as the Contractors for this project. Colin Garrett and G&G have proven themselves to be a great team to work with. I thought I'd share a few pictures from that Presss Conference.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Interior Spaces

Dear Friends,

Fr. Sinclair and I stopped by the new building site last night, Sept. 7. Things are moving along nicely. We thought we'd post a few pictures from the interior.

Enjoy! Doreen

Building Progress

Dear Friends,

Well despite the torrential rains that Port Arthur saw throughout the month of August, much progress has taken place at the new building site. These pictures were taken during the last 2 weeks in August.

We've enjoyed the exciting comments from people. Just last night, one of the librarians at the local library told me how excited she was to see the old depot rising again. She said, "I knew ya'll were building a Center, but I had no idea it was going to look like the old depot." It turns out, that her dad worked there years ago, and they used to love to visit him and watch the trains.

It is wonderful to be part of such a project which is bringing such wonderful memories to everyone, while stirring interest in the ministry to the people of the sea.

We look forward to many years of wonderful memories for the men and women of the sea who will utilize the new facility.

Please remember to share the news of this project, and help us raise the last $250,000.