THE HAVEN Seafarers’ Centre, which opened in February, 2008, has been an outstanding success, almost entirely due to the commitment of its volunteers from the Montrose churches.
The door is opened to visiting seafarers every day without fail, and volunteers have welcomed over 4,000 visitors from 70 nations.
The centre offers a warm, comfortable setting for seafarers to contact families, with a telephone room and a computer lounge where they can also use the wi-fi on their laptops.
There is a games room with table tennis and pool, a music keyboard, a supply of warm clothing, books, CDs and an endless supply of free coffee and chat.
The friendly local people they meet provide a sympathetic listening ear for many of the trials and tribulations they face in their time away from families and friends, and this part of the service is often the most appreciated.
There may be an opportunity for the volunteer to offer prayer, and there is a supply of free Bibles and Christian literature on hand as required.
Peter Donald, the Sailors’ Society port chaplain, said: “I could not have asked for more support for this project than I have received from all the Montrose community, they have been wonderful.
“But the centre simply could not function without this enthusiastic bunch of volunteers from the churches who have shown that ‘Montrose Churches Together’ is not just a hopeful slogan but a wonderful reality.”