Swords to Plowshares

Rating: 4.75 stars   20 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Homeless & Housing, Human Services, Veterans

Location: 1060 Howard St San Francisco CA 94103 USA

Mission: 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.

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EIN 94-2260626
(415) 252-4788

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

It truly is a veterans helping other veterans organization. They completely understand the need to achieve holistic care for their clients through actively collaborating with similar organization, social media outreach, etc. Come and check them out!

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

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 everyone's christmas donation list.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

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 figured security would be the easy job to land given my experience and 6'3" 270 pound frame. So, I got some interviews that went well. "You're just what we're looking for" they would say! Then that was followed by "We're gonna put you on the ON CALL list" HUH??? I'm sorry but I can't put my bills on the on call list!!! Enter S2P - once they got involved with helping me look for a job and I had access to the employers they worked with, things finally started moving. I landed a good job with decent pay, a good schedule, paid vacation and full - I say again FULL benefits! I've been there ever since - just had my 2 year anniversary this week in fact.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

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, I got a chance to see the organization. But it wasn't until I filmed at other Veteran facilities around the US that I realized how unique and special STP is. Many orgs for example refuse to take veterans with bad paper (things like dishonorable discharges), while Swords not only doesn't discriminate, but also helps legally to try and get bad paper turned "good" (therefore allowing for medical, college, loan benefits, etc...). This example is just one of the mindset of a place like Swords that really strives to help as many people as they can.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

Swords to Plowshares is a wonderful organization that helps veterans in need and I am forever great full to have been a client. I lived in the transitional housing program on Treasure Island for approximately 1 year, and I really enjoyed it there. I miss all of the Vets that I lived with and still run into them occasionally at the bank or Fort Miley. I find myself spreading the good word on the streets of San Francisco, B.A.R.T. or where ever I may come across a homeless veteran holding a sign, or asking for food or money. I make sure that I take a moment of my time to talk with them and ask them if they have heard of "Swords to Plowshares".

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 2 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Overall this is a good agency trying to help veteran's in their times of need. I was a client at the Treasure Island transitional housing program. I was forced to leave the program because of a comment I made in the privacy of my own quarters. Fortunately I had the means and was in a good enough state to find my own place without help. The staff at the time were manipulated by clients who had agendas that were not about recovery. One thing that was uncomfortable for me was that I am Bi-polar and they put pressure on me to leave within a prescribed amount of time. That caused me quite a bit of anxiety but I managed. Others have been driven out and fall back to unhealthy behaviours.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Providing a safe atmosphere to heal. They were instrumental in helping me to obtain social security disability years ago.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Exactly the type of organization that deserves more funding. Known of them and supported them for years. As a member of Veterans For Peace, this is the type of veterans organizations we need more of.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help more veterans and let the public know of better ways to use public money other than war.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I didn't know what to expect when I arrived in San Francisco to work with Swords to Plowshares. What I did know was that they were a leading organization helping veterans to access their benefits, overcome addiction, deal with health issues and even get them into permanent housing. What I didn't know was that Swords to Plowshares is so much more than all of that. I didn't know about the amazing legal team and all they really do for veterans. They have created a community among the people who go through their program and those who volunteer and work with them become a part of this community as well. I appreciated their rules that created respect among the people in their community regardless of their individual differences. I appreciated the humanity with which they treated every person.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with the veterans and seeing their determination.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

genuine, friendly and caring.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand it's current program to accommodate a lot more veterans.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

Rating: 4 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

Swords has been a good organization for me over the last few years. They were instrumental in helping me navigate through some personal difficulties. The organization helped me with housing in San Francisco. they have competent and passionate administration and staff. Trust is key to the organization in many ways. you have to trust that they know what they are requiring and suggesting. they also need to trust that you are committed to improving your life, not just flopping some were. I give this organization 4 stars out of 5. i leave out one star only because i would like to see them create a transitional housing unit that is not based only on substance abuse, homelessness, or psychological issues. The best thing about the veterans only housing was the "break" from the stresses of life, while being able to "focus", if even for just a couple months, on personal, professional, financial and educational goals moving forward after the "break". Having veterans my age living together to bounce ideas off, helped tremendously.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

housing assistance.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

add a working/study house for vets working and/or going to school.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

friendships

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

open minded, trusting and easy to talk to .

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

open more needed housing for veterans

Ways to make it better...

nothing

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

$$$

One thing I'd also say is that...

every one is awesome.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

Hello, I have worked with Sword for the 10 years. Everyone their has aways been very helpful. The work that they do is amazing. David T. and David P. are aways helpful, understanding,compassionate and always willing to do what they can to help a Vet. Thank you Swords Barbara Y

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

willingness, passionate about their clients

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

100 million Veterans

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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