The purpose of outreach is, in accordance to their
health condition and basic consultation with people that have to live
outside for whatever reason, to provide aid in the form of free medical
care, food, housing, clothing, bedding, and necessities for daily
In Sanyūkai’s outreach, we bring food prepared by volunteers and users of Sanyūkai on Wednesday afternoon to the riverside terrace on Sumida Park, and on Thursday to a soup line. The number of people that line up for this soup line varies according to the season and other conditions. Each time we prepare meals for about 200 to 300 people.
Our outreach uses the specific method of “aggressive
outreach.” We assertively approach people that cannot come to Sanyūkai
and people living on the streets that don’t know about our activities.
As a result, we are able to respond to various needs on the streets.
We try to take care and preserve the relationships we have built through
The content of our consultation varies, but what we are really conscientious of is “to listen to consultations carefully, respect the decisions of the people seeking consultation, and have them progress with hope in their future daily lives.” In order to do this, we provide continuous care via the clinic and consultation room.
Through these meetings via outreach activities, there
have been many people that have been able to improve the quality of
their lives through medical aid, re-establishment of their health,
and with the help of livelihood consultation, receive the social welfare
services to which they are entitled.
This outreach is considered as an important support activity at Sanyūkai. While linking with and cooperating with other medical organizations and NPOs, we work hard with numerous supporters to think about “what is really needed for each person living on the street” and to provide effective welfare services of various kinds.
As our environment changes, there are many issues we need to address about how to run our patrol and provide support. But, we plan to continue to aggressively outreach and visit people on the streets with the food provided by our numerous volunteers.