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Phone: (415) 252-4788
1060 Howard St
San Francisco
California 94103

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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.

War causes wounds and suffering that last beyond the battlefield. Our mission is to heal the wounds, to restore dignity, hope and self-sufficiency to all veterans in need, and to prevent and end homelessness and poverty among veterans.
Swords to Plowshares has helped thousands of veterans since its founding in 1974 with getting a job and/or job training; help with VA benefits; long-term case management; emergency, transitional and permanent housing; more veteran friendly local, state and federal policies (various policy changes made over the years; a “seat at the table” on a dozen local, state and federal committees, commissions).

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Its actually embarrassing that organizations like Swords to Plowshares even have to exist. But thank god they do. They have a comprehensive social services program that is aimed at rehabilitating veterans through mental health, legal, housing, and employment services. This organization should be on ... more »
In December of 2011 I relocated to the Bay Area. I had no job waiting and no prospects. I sent out resumes, and applications for weeks for every job I could find all the way down to fast food but had no luck. I have college, military experience, no criminal record, and a professional appearance. I... more »
I first came across Swords when doing research for a documentary film about homelessness in America. Several organizations in the Bay Area mentioned they were very progressive in their approach and were doing a lot of good. Over the course of interviewing their director Michael, and several veterans... more »
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