Our 40th anniversary brings a host of exciting updates. In 2014, we saw a massive expansion within Swords to Plowshares and our ability to serve more veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area. With nearly 180 employees providing services at seven housing sites, our San Francisco Drop-in Center and new location in Oakland, our ability to reach veterans has never been stronger.
In 1974, we started with a single grant and a small location on Valencia Street. Now, 40 years later with an annual budget of $15 million, we are still doing the same thing we set out to do—heal the wounds of
war, restore dignity, hope, and self-sufficiency to all veterans in need, and to prevent and end homelessness and poverty among veterans.
With reported homelessness figures at a 10-year low in San Francisco, the impact from the hard work we do to address veteran homelessness is clearly seen. Supportive housing and eviction protection are essential to keeping veterans and their families housed and stable.
All of us at Swords are honored to help veterans turn their lives around. The staff at Swords to Plowshares and our supporters are deeply committed to providing culturally appropriate and comprehensive services to veterans and advocating on behalf of the men and women who have served our country. In 2014 alone, we helped more than 3,000 veterans and their families overcome obstacles while transitioning from combat to community, yet there are still so many more who need our help here in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Over the years Swords to Plowshares has helped countless veterans overcome adversity. As we enter our fifth decade of service to our nation’s veterans, we invite you to look back with us at a snapshot of the clients we’ve served over the years. In this special edition newsletter, you will find ‘40 Stories of Success’ that highlight our 40 years of service.
Vietnam Combat Veteran
U.S. Army, 1967-1970