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
Results: 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).
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: Provides emergency shelter, mental health services and referrals to homeless veterans. SUPPORTIVE HOUSING: Offers permanent supportive housing at the Presidio and in the Mission District in San Francisco combined with options for counseling, academic instruction and vocational training for 102 formerly homeless veterans with disabilities. Additionally, we provide transitional housing for 75 veterans at a time for intensive individual, group and peer counseling. EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT: Provides comprehensive services to enable veteran clients to become job ready through vocational counseling, job training, resume preparation and job referrals. LEGAL SERVICES: Provides free attorney representation, case management and advocacy to indigent veterans seeking benefits and trains Pro Bono attorneys to assist veterans with claims.
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Swords has been assisting Veterans in need since the 1970's in the San Francisco Bay area. To really evaluate a non-profit organization all you have to do is go to the men and women who are receiving the benefits from the organization. Having served 24 plus years with the U.S. Army and being a combat Vietnam veteran, I can relate to our veterans in need. Since volunteering with Swords I have had the opportunity to interview several of the veterans that have received care, treatment, training and schooling, and placement back into society as productive citizens. The stories have been remarkable and very moving, which provides those of us who are honored to be associated with Swords with real pride. Swords works with men and women who have faithfully served our country and suffered some real tragic after effects that put them in tough scenarios where they were unable to come back out without the help of an organization with strong resolve and resources. I have found that there is no better non-profit to spend my valuable volunteer time with then Swords to Plowshares.
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My personal interviews of their clients.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
The results I see first hand from their care and treatment of the veterans they have worked with.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
Highly motivated and dedicated to assisting veterans in need.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
Assist a larger number of veterans that are in need of treatment and housing.
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