Swords to Plowshares
Rating: 4.84 stars 49 49 reviews 6,674
1060 Howard Street San Francisco CA 94103 USA
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).
all veterans regardless of era of service or discharge status
Direct beneficiaries per year:
3000+ veterans per year
Geographic areas served:
San Francisco Bay Area
Founded in 1974, Swords to Plowshares is a community-based not-for-profit organization that provides case management, mental health assessment and referral, rapid re-housing and eviction prevention services, employment and training, supportive housing, and legal benefits assistance for low-income, homeless and at-risk veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area. Swords to Plowshares promotes and protects the rights of veterans through advocacy, public education, and partnerships with local, state and national entities. HEALTH & SOCIAL SERVICES / FRONTLINE DROP-IN CENTER in San Francisco helps homeless and at-risk veterans with: crisis intervention, mental health assessment and referral, emergency shelter assistance; housing placement assistance, eviction prevention, money management and representative-payee services, ancillary support, referrals to our in-house programs and coordinated referrals for needed services. EMPLOYMENT & JOB TRAINING services offered in San Francisco and Oakland help veterans by working one-on-one with them to identify and mitigate barriers to employment; become job-ready through pre-employment preparation, career counseling, and vocational training; and obtain and retain employment with job placement and follow-up services. We work with employers and vocational training partners to facilitate job brokering, job placement, and veteran cohort vocational trainings. LEGAL SERVICES TO OBTAIN VA BENEFITS including representation by an attorney, help disabled low-income and homeless veterans each year obtain healthcare, disability, pension, and other available VA benefits earned through their service. SUPPORTIVE TEMPORARY & PERMANENT HOUSING sites house more than 500 veterans each year at two transitional and three permanent housing sites, including one dedicated to veterans with families. POLICY ADVOCACY initiatives are informed by our direct services. Our Institute for Veteran Policy (IVP) staff educates the public, service providers, and policy makers on veteran-friendly policies and best service practices
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Swords to Plowshares helped me more than any other veteran service organization in San Francisco. They helped me to secure stable housing and get caught up on utilities. They even helped me with some food and appliances while I was getting back on my feet. Thanks to their help I was able to get a great job, and I'm back on the right track. Thank you Swords!
Swords to Plowshares provides amazing wrap around care for veterans from housing and job support to healthcare and legal services. They provide critical support for our woefully underserved veteran community.
There is always a wait list of volunteers for the Swords to Plowshares clinics. There is just not enough space for all the folks who want to volunteer at these clinics. What a wonderful problem to have.
I volunteer to provide Pro Bono services to veterans in need through Swords. As a direct result of Sword's focus, organization, and dedication, the volunteer activities are always successful and help many, many people. Swords is a compassionate, caring and effective group.
Swords is THE leading non-profit addressing verterans' issues in the Bay Area. From housing, to job support and training, to legal representation, Swords is doing the hard work that needs to get done. Michael Blecher has led the organization as well as any E.D. of any organization I have been involved with. Swords would not be what it is without him. Great leader.
Swords to Plowshares were the ONLY ones that responded to my pleas for help when my soldier son was suffering from Combat PTSD and was on the verge of losing his life. They saved him with a two hour phone conversation. I don't know what was said but I DID see an immediate change in his stance and attitude afterwards. They've been in his corner since. The wheels of justice turn slowly but it's bearable when Swords to Plowshares has your back! God Bless S to P!
Laureen Frederick...a soldiers mom.
Great resource for veterans. Great resource for the community. Swords to Plowshares generate comprehensive report brining attention to a vulnerable community. Great work. Y great people. Thank you.
for forty years Swords has been providing much needed services to our most needy veterans. Their multifaceted approach is unique, but has proven to be very successful. Providing a drop in facility, legal assistance, employment and training services and nearly 500 apartment units to accommodate chronically homeless vets; Swords also has a strong advocacy role that, even though they are a community based organization, they have a national voice.
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Swords is a phenomenal organization providing multi-faceted support to those very people who have put their lives on the line for their country. Over the last several years a lot of media attention has been focused on our veterans and still so many are looking for work, looking for housing, suffering from PTSD and other maladies or living on the streets. Swords , as a community based non-profit, has, for that last 40 years, been there for our vets, providing a drop in facility were they can get a variety of services to include a mental health assessment, legal council to help them receive their earned benefits from the VA and help with job hunting and housing. Swords also provides housing for nearly 500 formerly homeless or at risk veterans. Swords to Plowshares is a dynamic and very important organization that actually provides a real service for our veterans.
1 person found this review helpful
Pound for pound, dollar for dollar, Swords to Plowshares body of Programs and work across shelter, health & mental, and legal services is amazing. With over 500 beds in the SF Bay Area and a number of programs, Swords to Plowshares helps veterans recover, stabilize, and adjust to civilian life.
I personally see the positive impact whenever I meet a veteran who has benefitted from these services - they are simply in a better place. The leadership is completely committed to making a difference.
1 person found this review helpful
Swords to Plows helps veterans break the cycle of homelessness with a combination of services and housing that gets vets back on track. This is an exceptional organization with exceptional people across the board.