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Dear Friends & Supporters,
At Swords to Plowshares, we believe that housing is the gateway to stable health. Getting a homeless veteran housed in a safe environment is key to reducing the daily stress on mind and body after living without a stable home and establishes the foundation for a path to self-sufficiency.
A formerly homeless veteran, who receives housing and healthcare after years without access to support, can finally focus on addressing trauma and deteriorating health to start improving overall well-being.
Housing and healthcare are critical services for veterans who are poor, elderly, and sick, but nutrition can often be an afterthought for these individuals. For our veterans with a limited income, finding a warm, healthy meal can present a daily challenge. Over the last few months, we have been able to supplement regular meals provided at two of our housing sites with a breakfast served by corporate volunteers twice a month.
Also, thanks to food donations from Copia Foods, we have now been able to offer a meal to our homeless veterans who visit our Service Center. In this edition of our newsletter, you’ll hear about the incredible generosity of Craig Newmark and his support for our legal program’s effort to assist underrepresented
veterans. Another feature is our Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, Mike Lodge, a Coast Guard veteran who volunteers his time providing legal assistance to homeless and low-income
veterans with disabilities.
Also, you’ll learn about the impact our community organizer Bilal Mustafa, an Army veteran who organizes recreational activities for our residents. You’ll also see photos from the meals our wonderful corporate volunteers provide.
You too can make an impact and support the lives of our veterans. Please join us in helping end the cycle of poverty and homelessness with a purchase of hygiene items for our homeless veterans, setting up a monthly recurring donation, or dedicating another gift to support our vital programs and services.
Vietnam Combat Veteran
U.S. Army 1967-1970