Drop-in centres

The drop-in centres of the Rainbow Group offer homeless people some tranquillity in their hectic lives. They can drop by for a healthy meal, a shower or clean clothes.

There is also room for relaxation, and a game of pool or table tennis. We depend on our visitors to keep the place up and running; they clean, cook and maintain the gardens. Usually they enjoy working for their own drop-in centre, because it gives them a sense of self-worth and it basically is the first participatory step in society. There are social workers in every drop-in centre, giving the visitors the necessary personal attention. The team leaders regularly organize painting or handyman seminars to motivate the visitors into societal participation.

Drug Consumption Rooms

In the Rainbow Group’s drug consumption rooms, drug users can use their pre-obtained drugs in a quiet and safe environment. They can exchange their used needles for new ones, preventing needle littering on the street. Moreover, each clean needle handed out to a user helps to prevent the spreading of infectious diseases, such as HIV and Hepatitis B and C.

Using in a public space is so stressful that it tends to push the user’s health concerns to the background. Using in a protected environment rather than on the street reduces the risk of overdoses or abscesses. Our consumption rooms work according to Harm Reduction principles. We offer drug users a safe, hygienic and stress-free environment. This contributes to the lives of the drug users as well as their environment.

Harm Reduction

Harm Reduction is an international movement aiming to reduce drug related individual and societal harms. Needle Exchange Programmes, methadone, heroin maintenance programmes, and drug education are all forms of Harm Reduction. The Rainbow Group has over 30 years of experience with this approach, now widely accepted as an official policy in the Netherlands and abroad.

Would you like to know more about Harm Reduction? Please visit the following sites:


Financing of meals and sanitary products

The visitors of our drop-in centres only pay a pittance for the meals, soap, toothpaste, socks and underwear available at the different locations. We can offer this service thanks to the donations of individuals, churches and funds. Last year the following funds contributed to this purpose:

Brink Houtman Stichting, Jan van der Snelfonds, RCOAK, Stichting Vereniging tot ondersteuning van minvermogenden, Dr. Hofsteestichting, stichting Mundo Crastino Meliori, Johannes Stichting, Stichting van den Heer Hoogendijk van Domselaar, Mr. A. Fentener van Vlissingenfonds and SIOC.


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