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Veterans Commons to House Homeless Veterans This Month

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Blecker on KTVU

Swords to Plowshares is proud to announce the opening of the Veterans Commons facility at 150 Otis Street. Heather Holmes from KTVU toured the facility which is scheduled to complete its finishing touches and become a permanent home for homeless veterans this month.

She also took the time to interview one of our Profiles of Courage, Randall Flagg, and our Executive Director, Michael Blecker, for this story. The housing is going “take veterans off the streets and right into housing” said Michael. This is merely another step forward in dealing with veteran homelessness with the aim of helping veterans like Randall.

“They helped get to a place where I could help myself — get myself grounded, rooted — and back so I could be a productive member of society.”

The facility boasts community areas to encourage a sense of unity among veterans, comprehensive on-site services for counseling and case management, and laundry within its 42,000 square feet. The efficiency units have new mattresses from Tempur-pedic donated through Good360.org and kitchen amenities. There are units specifically designed to meet the needs of those disabled tenants in the building with on-site staff to ensure care is available.

We would like to thank our 2012 Veterans Day Dinner honorees, Randall Flagg and Caudrey Parker, for their inspiring stories and congratulate them as our 2012 Profiles of Courage. It makes us proud to serve our veterans as we have for the past 38 years. As Caudrey so graciously stated: “Swords actually does the work, not merely a billboard that says ‘Thank you for your service’ with nothing behind it.”

Source: video courtesy of KTVU News, November 7, 2012, by Heather Holmes