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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I was a Marine Platoon Commander in Vietnam and lost 11 young Marines and two Navy Corpsmen over a 14 month period in 1965 and 1966. I was bitter and avoided anything to do with the military until the late 1990s, when I heard about Swords to Plowshares and the work they were doing with homeless veterans in San Francisco. After learning about veterans who had been helped by Swords and meeting Executive Director Michael Blecker and his staff at Swords, my wife and I began contributing to Swords' work, I joined the Board and my wife became active in Swords' Annual Veterans Day Dinner. We have watched Swords grow from a smaller, locally known agency to a nationally recognized veterans' organization that helps Vietnam and older veterans deal with homelessness and benefits issues, and, more currently, helps recent Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans with legal, education, training and housing issues before they sink into or near homelessness. Swords works. Vets in need benefit. We're proud to be a part of Swords' continuing work. Jon Paulson
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
helping veterans become part of society again.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I would not run this organization...I am not qualified.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
dedicated and devoted to Swords' mission...vets helping vets since 74.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
expand its activities throughout the whole San Francisco Bay Area.
Ways to make it better...
I had more time and money.
In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...
visibility to and awareness by San Francisco's "Opera Crowd", those who could and should better support Swords' work.
One thing I'd also say is that...
Michael Blecker, Swords' Executive Director, has devoted over 30 years' of his life to helping veterans get better treatment than they would if it were left up to the U.S. government and citizens alone.
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