by Douglas B. Stevenson, Director, Center for Seafarers’ Rights
One of the great things about working at the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI), in addition to providing vital services to the world’s seafarers, is the opportunity to work alongside so many wonderful people. We are a great team of dedicated and skilled people, each contributing to our mission in very important ways.
Two members of our team are Oliver Brewer and Denise LiGreci. Oliver and Denise share with me a passion for the social justice dimensions of SCI’s ministry.
Denise is a Development Associate. She serves as a professional member of SCI’s development team, managing a portfolio of supporters of the Institute. Denise strengthens SCI’s mission to seafarers by seeking new stakeholders—particularly through foundations and grants.
Oliver works with Denise in the development team as SCI’s Director of Communications. In addition to writing a lot of materials (press releases, articles, brochures, and annual reports), Oliver coordinates their publication in print, on our Web page, and in social media. Oliver also helps the Institute create communication materials for fundraising.
Oliver and I have worked together on several projects this year, including materials for SCI’s Piracy Study. Currently, we collaborate on producing informational resources for seafarers on environmental issues. Denise and I also collaborate on projects. In one of her responsibilities, she writes proposals for grants to underwrite programs at the Center for Seafarers’ Rights, and through her work, we have cultivated several new opportunities.
It isn’t often that we see the behind-the-scenes people, but their work provides important assets for SCI. Both devoted staff members furnish chaplains, attorneys, and educators with tools that help them in their work. Many others comprise the support system for mariners at SCI, too. Talented staff and volunteers make possible our work, and their spirit sustains those on the frontlines of ministry. Thanks to all who work so hard for our good cause.