Resources for Older Iowans

One Iowa proudly provides a list of resources for older LGBTQ Iowans. Keep in mind that One Iowa doesn’t screen, endorse or recommend these resources. (Read more about our policy on this below). We hope you find this list helpful. If you know of a resource that should be added, please contact Buffy Jamison ([email protected]).

For a printable resources document, click here: 7.9.19 LGBTQ Older Adults Conference Agenda – 2019


LGBTQ National Resources

AARP Pride:

Offers news, personal finance, relationships, travel and other topics of interest to older LGBTQ Americans, and their families and friends.

Prepare to Care Guide LGBT: For caregivers and those who may be receiving care in the LGBTQ community.


600 E Court Ave # C
Des Moines, IA 50309

Family Caregiver Alliance

Addresses special concerns of LGBTQ caregivers, including an online LGBTQ community support group.

LGBT Elder Hotline 1-888-234-SAGE

Confidential hotline providing information an local resources as well as an opportunity to talk with trained peer-support volunteers about issues including isolation, relationships, bullying, family concerns, HIV/AIDS and much more.

Toll-Free  1-888-234-7243

Older Lesbians Organizing for Change

Offers the chance to meet like-minded women in the struggle to confront ageism, share mutual interests, and experience the joy of playing and working together. Holds national and regional gatherings. Provides a newsletter. Offers resources.

P.O. Box 834
Woodstock, NY 12498
[email protected]

The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging

Works to improve the quality of services and supports offered to LGBTQ older adults. Offers insight and resources covering LGBTQ older adult needs.


SAGE provides services and advocacy for LGBTQ elders.

SageCare USA

Provides training and consulting on LGBT aging issues to service providers.


LGBTQ Iowa Resources

Adair Co GLBT Resource Center

A safe place for the GLBT community of Adair and the surrounding counties to meet.

141 Public Square
Greenfield, IA 50849
Toll Free 833-269-2551

Capitol City Pride

Best known for the annual Pride Fest weekend celebration, Capital City Pride has expanded its programs and events throughout the year to embrace every aspect of the LGBTQ community.

P.O. Box 73
Des Moines, IA 50301

[email protected]

Des Moines Pride Center
Supports and celebrates gender and sexual minorities as well as allies.

1620 Pleasant St, Ste 244
Des Moines, IA 50314
[email protected]

First Friday Breakfast Club

Iowa breakfast club for gay, bisexual and transgender men. Meets the first Friday of each month at 7:00 a.m. and also monthly meetings at:

Hoyt Sherman Place
1501 Woodland Ave
Des Moines, IA 50314

Jonathan Wilson, FFBC President
[email protected]

The Des Moines Gay Men’s Chorus

The group sings in support of justice, inclusion, and love. It is open to those who sing in the tenor and bass ranges, regardless of gender.

Contact via the website or by mail:
P.O. Box 12269
Des Moines, IA 50312

Iowa City Pride

Coordinates an annual Pride festival and related events throughout the year.

P.O. Box 2910
Iowa City, IA 52244
[email protected]


A statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) organization preserving and advancing equality for LGBTQ individuals through grassroots efforts, advocacy, and education.

950 Office Park Rd, Ste 240
West Des Moines, IA 50265

One Iowa North

An affiliate of One Iowa working to preserve and advance equality for LGBTQ individuals in Iowa through grassroots efforts and education.
P.O. Box 301
Mason City, IA 50402-0301


An Orange City-based advocacy organization for the LGBTQ community.

Prime Timers Central Iowa

A social membership club offering older gay, bisexual and transgender men friendship, activities, support and personal growth.

Steven Therrien
[email protected]

Siouxland Pride

Connects and protects LGBTQ people in Siouxland. Hosts a weekly support group and monthly potluck.  Provides a free lending library, resource referral and educational opportunities for the larger community.

c/o First Unitarian Church
2508 Jackson St
Sioux City, IA 51104
[email protected]

Sioux City

An affiliate of Siouxland Pride Alliance that hosts June Pride celebrations.


Transcend North Iowa

Dedicated to supporting transgender, non-binary, and all gender nonconforming individuals.

1948 Gil Ave
Charles City, IA 50616
Open 24 hours

Transformations Iowa

A support group for transgender and non-binary people with meetings in Des Moines, Urbandale, and Cedar Rapids.

Transformative healing

Provides direct services, advocacy, prevention and outreach services. Works to end sexual violence in the LGBTQ community. All services are free and confidential.

Kimberly Andresen-Reed
Executive Director
Pronouns: she, her, hers
[email protected]

Women’s Cultural Collective (WCC)

Organization focused on community building and providing a safe atmosphere for lesbians.


Iowa Resources for Older Iowans and Caregivers

LifeLong Links  866-468-7887 

A free state-wide service providing information and referrals for older adults, people with disabilities, veterans and caregivers as they begin to think about and plan for long-term independent living. This includes home safety, fall prevention, wellness, nutrition, employment and more. LifeLong Links is connected to Iowa’s network of Aging and Disability Resource Centers.

Health & Wellness

Find One Iowa’s full list of health resources for all ages here:

State Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP)

Free, confidential service of the State of Iowa that helps older Iowans make informed decisions about Medicare and other health coverage.

Ron Maruca, open & affirming volunteer counselor


UnityPoint Clinic LGBTQ – Methodist – Des Moines

Staff has undergone training through the Safe Zone Project to provide a welcoming environment for LGBTQ patients.

1221 Pleasant St, Ste 200
Des Moines, IA 50309

UnityPoint Clinic LGBTQ – Prairie Parkway – Cedar Falls/Waterloo

Designated a “LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Top Performer” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for policies and best practices aligned with LGBTQ patient-centered care.

5100 Prairie Pkwy, Ste 300
Cedar Falls, IA 50613

The University of Iowa LGBTQ Clinic

Provides full-service health care to meet the LGBTQ health care needs.

UI Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa River Landing
105 E. 9th St
Coralville, IA 52241
855-467-3700 (toll free)


Legal & Protection

Find One Iowa’s full list of Legal & Family Resources for all ages here:

Lambda Legal

Legal protections for LGBT people and their families in Iowa.

Nursing home rights for LGBTQ residents

Legal Hotline for Older Iowans [email protected]

Free legal services to Iowans 60 years old and over. Offers brief advice and self-help materials. They do not assist with criminal cases.


Faith Based Organizations – the following organizations welcome all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and gender expression:

Central Iowa

Collegiate United Methodist Church and Wesley

2622 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA

Des Moines Valley Friends

4211 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA


1620 Pleasant St
Des Moines, IA

First Christian

2500 University Ave
Des Moines, IA

First Unitarian

1800 Bell Ave
Des Moines, IA

First United Methodist

1001 Pleasant St
Des Moines, IA

Grace United Methodist

3700 Cottage Grove
Des Moines, IA

Plymouth United Church of

4126 Ingersoll Ave
Des Moines, IA

St. Andrew’s Episcopal

5720 Urbandale Ave
Des Moines, IA

Thrive United Methodist Church –

3550 Mills Civic Pkwy
West Des Moines, IA

Tifereth Israel

924 Polk Blvd
Des Moines, IA

Trinity Las Americas United Methodist

1548 8th St
Des Moines, IA

Unity of Des

414 31st St
Des Moines, IA

Urbandale United Church of   

3530 70th St
Urbandale, IA

Walnut Hills United Methodist

12321 Hickman Rd
Urbandale, IA

Westminster Presbyterian

4114 Allison Ave
Des Moines, IA


Eastern Iowa 

St. Mark’s United Methodist

2675 E Washington St
Iowa City, IA

St. Timothy’s United Methodist

3220 Terrace Dr
Cedar Falls, IA

Wesley Foundation at the University of

120 N. Dubuque St
Iowa City, IA

Wesley Foundation University of Northern

2422 College St
Cedar Falls, IA


Northwest Iowa

First Unitarian Church of Sioux City[email protected]  

2508 Jackson St
Sioux City, IA

Mayflower Congregational Church

1407 West 18th St
Sioux City, IA  51103
[email protected]


Southwest Iowa   

Journey Road

Mary Dyer & Sheryl Butler, founders
21998 Kane Ave
Glenwood, IA



About this list:

One Iowa does not screen resources and or make guarantees.  Listing these resources does not imply that we are endorsing or recommending that you use any of them. One Iowa also doesn’t endorse the quality of information or service provided. This is informational only.  It’s up to you to vet each resource.