“The greater and better part of what the Universalist church has done and is doing in Japan can never be written. It does not readily lend itself to description ; and yet it is that for which the mission exists. The part which can be told will be a very inadequate index of the work. As to buildings: two churches, a library and a home capable of accommodating twenty three girls comprise the list.
“… The Blackmer Universalist Home for Girls is an institution whose greatest value lies in its quiet influence for good. Since it began in a little room near the private dwelling of Miss Osborn some fourteen years ago, more than one hundred girls have had a residence ranging from one to five years in the home, and have thus had the benefit of its influence.
“The girls in the home are, for the most part, college students in the Woman’s University and are fitting themselves to be come teachers or to fill other places of influence. Frequently they marry from the home or soon after leaving it and establish Christian homes for themselves and for the communities in which they live.
“There is no other institution in Japan on the plan of the Blackmer home. There are rescue homes; but it must be born in mind that this is in no sense such an institution. A girl must be of good character before she can gain admission, and must maintain that character if she maintains her residence in the home.”
– “The Japan Mission”, by Rev. G. I. Keirn, D.D., Onward: The Journal of the Universalist Young People, April 1911