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May 17th 2013

This Memorial Day Party Corps is Honoring Veterans and the Work of Swords to Plowshares

As you get ready to enjoy a long weekend and the start of summer, it’s important to take a moment to reflect on Memorial Day as a day of remembrance and celebration for the men and women who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Whether you’re a pacifist or a geopolitical hawk, we believe you’ll agree that the men and women who’ve given so much in the service should get the help and support they deserve when they return home and leave active duty.

The nonprofit beneficiary of our next monthly Music for Good forum Wednesday, May 29th at Cafe du Nord is Swords to Plowshares, a community-based, not-for-profit service organization that provides health and social services, supportive housing, employment training and legal assistance to veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Party Corps is very pleased and honored to present musicians Quinn DeVeaux and Benjamin Brown in conversation, concert and in support of in support of Swords to Plowshares and their important work.

Colleen Corliss, Resource Development and Communication Director, and her team shared some important information about their programming and ways people can become involved.  War causes wounds and suffering that can last beyond the battlefield.  Swords to Plowshares is dedicated to ensuring that all veterans receive the support, services and protection they need to successfully transition to civilian society.  Their mission is to heal the wounds, to restore dignity, hope and self-sufficiency, and to prevent and end homelessness and poverty among veterans. For nearly 40 years, Swords to Plowshares has offered comprehensive care for homeless and low-income veterans in the country, providing direct services to more than 2,000 veterans every year.

Swords to Plowshare’s offers critical needs services with homeless and troubled veterans, employment and training services, permanent and transitional housing, and legal advocacy to procure VA benefits and healthcare. They’ve also seen a growing need for free legal services for disabled veterans seeking benefits and access to healthcare.  This organization has had huge impact on individual lives, and they now provide permanent supportive housing to 200 veterans and transitional housing to nearly 100 veterans at any given time at one of their four main housing sites.

At our upcoming event, we’ll learn more about some of the major initiatives Swords to Plowshares has undertaken, such as transformingunused surplus property into permanent veteran housing.

For more information in how to support Swords to Plowshares check out the following links:




Posted by Olivia Swilley


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