Don Tipton founded Park West Children’s Fund, Inc., also known as “Friend Ships” in 1983 as a charitable outreach of Park West Polo & Hunt Club. At that time, the charity sponsored special programs for battered, abused and handicapped children. Then in 1985, Park West acquired MV Spirit, a 5000-ton ocean-going cargo ship, and began restoring the vessel for international missions of mercy.
Friend Ships operates as a 501(c)(3) tax-deductible charitable organization.
It is not necessary to have support because God meets our primary needs, such as food and housing. We do recommend a support base of $50-100 per month, if possible, for personal spending money.