Swords to Plowshares Overview
Target demographics: Veterans of the U.S. military
Direct beneficiaries per year: 2000 veterans per year
Geographic areas served: San Francisco Bay Area
Programs: FRONTLINE DROP-IN CENTER: We provide veterans with the help they need to become self-sufficient by working closely with partner community organizations and the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Health and Social Services Department, known as the frontline drop-in center provides emergency shelter, mental health services and referrals to homeless veterans.
SUPPORTIVE HOUSING: We offer permanent supportive housing at the Presidio in San Francisco combined with options for counseling, academic instruction and vocational training for 102 formerly homeless veterans with disabilities. Additionally, we provide homeless veterans with enhanced transitional housing on Treasure Island and near San Francisco City College for 75 veterans at a time for intensive individual, group and peer counseling and a variety of recreational, cultural and community-building activities. Both housing programs provide daily hot meals to residents.
EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT: Our comprehensive services allow veterans to stabilize all aspects of their life and become job ready. We help veterans from all walks of life realize their long-term career goals and make them a reality. We help veterans make the transition to gainful employment by offering vocational counseling, job training, resume preparation and job referrals.
LEGAL SERVICES: Many of our country's veterans never apply for or receive the benefits they deserve. Swords to Plowshares is one of the few organizations in the country that provides free attorney representation, case management and advocacy to indigent veterans seeking benefits.
THE IRAQ VETERAN PROJECT: Launched in 2005 to make sure systems of care are appropriate, sufficient and accessible to meet the needs of veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the needs of their families as well.