What We Do

Founded in 1974 by veterans, Swords to Plowshares is a community-based not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides needs assessment and case management, employment and training, housing, and legal assistance to roughly 3,000 veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area each year. We also advocate on behalf of veterans and provide community education for over 1,500 first responders, employers, social workers, attorneys, and other professionals who engage with veterans.

The Department of Veterans Affairs provides healthcare and benefits to a percentage of veterans, but depends on community partners, including Swords to Plowshares, to fill in the gaps and meet the needs of those who have served. Our community comes together to deliver local, comprehensive services to meet the needs of our veterans.

We have developed the most comprehensive model of care in the country and we are nationally recognized for our programs, advocacy, and expertise. In addition to our programs, we promote and protect the rights of veterans through advocacy, public education and partnerships with local, state and national entities. Our holistic approach is based on the philosophy that veterans’ health and stability issues—homelessness, service-related disabilities, unemployment, substance abuse—are interrelated and require an integrated system of support.