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Renovations to Seafarers Center

Updated: 07/31/2013 6:20 PM
Created: 07/31/2013 6:14 PM WDIO.com

The Seafarers Center is a home away from home for crew members who sail into the Twin Ports, from far off countries. It's been around since 1975, although the building itself is much older, having been built in the '50s.

Sailors from countries like the Phillipines and Poland can come here, grab a bite to eat, contact their families, and get a ride to the mall to do some shopping!

But the building, nestled in Lincoln Park, needed some work done. In May of 2012, the board of directors walked around and noticed there was a leaking roof, windows that needed attention, and a chimney in disrepair.

They got estimates for the work, and found out it would be $50,000. So they went out and fundraised. Thanks to donations from the community and local churches, they reached almost $30,000. And that was the cost of the project, thanks to donated time and talent from groups like the Glen Avon church in Duluth.

"It feels good knowing that the building is going to last for years to come," said Rev. Tom Anderson, Director of the Seafarer's Ministry.

"It's gratifying to see the work done," added Ed Hall, Chairman of the Board.

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