Swords to Plowshares

Rating: 4.75 stars   20 reviews

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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.
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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EIN 94-2260626
(415) 252-4788
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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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9 people found this review helpful

Swords is one of the first places I send veterans and servicemebers in need of resources. If they cannot help with disability, benefit, financial, counseling, educationalal job/employment information, they find a resource that can. Committed, dedicated professional, down to earth, men and women who have walked the walk..been in the military, etc.

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

advocating for our veterans

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

not change a thing

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

they love and care about our veterans

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

Caring, compassionate, committed, profesional dedicated, outspoken, knowledgeable

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

change the paradigm of veteran services.

Ways to make it better...

they had more funding

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

lack of funding

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

keep doing what you are doing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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10 people found this review helpful

My relationship with Swords goes back to 1992 when I volunteered for the Stand Down for homeless veterans. Since that time I have watched Swords grow and change to meet the needs of the veterans it serves, whether it be homeless veterans or veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Swords not only provides services to veterans but also works on the policy side, advocating for veterans' benefits.

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

the success stories of formerly homeless veterans.

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

Make better use of the Internet to reach out to younger veterans.

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

the dedication of the staff to those they serve.

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

veterans and non-veterans, but all dedicated to helping those in need.

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

expand transitional housing for homeless veterans.

Ways to make it better...

Swords had more staff to stay open throughout the day.

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

The changing dynamics of the veterans population. Swords has traditionally served Viet Nam-era veterans, but now it is serving younger veterans who have different issues and needs.

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

Swords is a great organiztion.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-5-01

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