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: Older Iowan LGBTQ Resource Guide
LGBTQ National Resources
AARP Pride – https://www.aarp.org/home-family/voices/lgbt-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: https://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/home-and-family/caregiving/2017/05/prepare-to-care-guide-lgbt-aarp.pdf
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 – https://www.caregiver.org/special-concerns-lgbt-caregivers
Addresses special concerns of LGBTQ caregivers, including an online LGBTQ community support group.
LGBT Elder Hotline – https://www.glbthotline.org/senior.html
Confidential hotline providing information and 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.
Older Lesbians Organizing for Change – https://oloc.org
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. Offers resources.
P. O. Box 834
Woodstock, NY 12498
The Care Plan – http://the-care-plan.com
Affirming services for LGBTQ including guidance on planning for the future and providing care management.
Jacqueline Boyd: [email protected]; 630-479-0083
The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging – https://www.lgbtagingcenter.org
Works to improve the quality of services and supports offered to LGBTQ older adults. Offers insight and resources covering LGBTQ older adult needs.
SAGE – https://www.sageusa.org
SAGE provides services and advocacy for LGBTQ elders.
SageCare USA – http://sageusa.care
Provides training and consulting on LGBT aging issues to service providers.
LGBTQ Iowa Resources
Adair Co GLBT Resource Center – http://www.adaircoglbtresourcecenter.com/index
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 – https://www.capitalcitypride.org
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.
PO Box 73
Des Moines, IA 50301
First Friday Breakfast Club – http://www.ffbciowa.org
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
The Des Moines Gay Men’s Chorus – https://www.dmgmc.org
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
One Iowa – oneiowa.org
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., Suite 240
West Des Moines, IA 50265
One Iowa North – https://north.oneiowa.org
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
OC Pride – www.facebook.com/Pride/OrangeCity/
An Orange City-based advocacy organization for the LGBTQ community.
Prime Timers Central Iowa – http://www.primetimersww.com/centraliowa/
A social membership club offering older gay, bisexual and transgender men friendship, activities, support and personal growth.
Siouxland Pride Alliance – www.siouxlandpridealliance.org
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 Street
Sioux City, IA 51104
Sioux City Pride – www.siouxcitypride.org
An affiliate of Siouxland Pride Alliance that hosts June Pride celebrations.
Transcend North Iowa – http://transcend.lgbt
Dedicated to supporting transgender, non-binary, and all gender nonconforming individuals.
1948 Gil Ave
Charles City, IA 50616
Open 24 hours
Transformations Iowa – https://www.facebook.com/transformationsiowa/
A support group for transgender and non-binary people with meetings in Des Moines, Urbandale, and Cedar Rapids.
Transformative healing – http://www.thiowa.org
Provides direct services, advocacy, prevention and outreach services. Works to end sexual violence in the LGBTQ community. All services are free and confidential.
Pronouns: she, her, hers
Women’s Cultural Collective (WCC) – https://www.iowawcc.com
Organization focused on community building and providing a safe atmosphere for lesbians.
Iowa Resources for Older Iowans and Caregivers
LifeLong Links – https://www.lifelonglinks.org 1-866-468-7887
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. 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: https://oneiowa.org/health/
State Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) – shiip.iowa.gov
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 https://www.unitypoint.org/waterloo/clinic.aspx?id=3518
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 Suite 300
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613
The University of Iowa LGBTQ Clinic – https://diversity.uiowa.edu/unit/ui-lgbtq-clinic
Provides full-service health care to meet the LGBTQ health care needs.
UI Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa River Landing
105 E. 9th Street
Coralville, IA 52241
855-467-3700 (toll free)
Central Iowa VA – https://www.centraliowa.va.gov
Offering medical care, mental health services, and support for LGBTQ veterans, including PreP, hormone replacement therapy, speech therapy, wigs, padded bras, gaffs, binders, packers, STP devices, and more.
Drew O’Leary BSN, RN LGBTQ Veteran Care Coordinator Pronouns: he/him/his
515-418-2440, call or text. 3600 30th St, Des Moines, IA 50310
Legal & Protection
Find One Iowa’s full list of Legal & Family Resources for all ages here: https://oneiowa.org/legal-family/
Lambda Legal – https://www.lambdalegal.org
Nursing home rights for LGBTQ residents
Legal protections for LGBT people and their families in Iowa.
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.
Collegiate United Methodist Church and Wesley Foundation – cwames.org
2622 Lincoln Way
Des Moines Valley Friends Meeting – iymc.org
4211 Grand Avenue
Downtown Disciples – downtowndisciples.org
1620 Pleasant Street
First Christian Church – fccdm.org
2500 University Avenue
First Unitarian Church – ucdsm.org
1800 Bell Avenue
First United Methodist Church – dmfirstchurch.org
1001 Pleasant Street
Grace United Methodist Church – gracedesmoines.org
3700 Cottage Grove
Plymouth United Church of Christ – plymouthchurch.com
4126 Ingersoll Avenue
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church – standrewsnet.net
5720 Urbandale Avenue
Tifereth Israel Synagogue– tifereth.org
924 Polk Boulevard
Thrive United Methodist Church – thriveumc.org
3550 Mills Civic Parkway
West Des Moines
Trinity Las Americas United Methodist Church – trinitylasamericas.org
1548 8th Street
Unity of Des Moines – unitydesmoines.com
414 31st. Street
Urbandale United Church of Christ – urbucc.org
3530 70th Street
Walnut Hills United Methodist Church – whumc.org
12321 Hickman Road
Westminster Presbyterian Church – westpres.org
4114 Allison Avenue
St. Mark’s United Methodist Church – stmarksumccr.com
2675 E Washington Street
St. Timothy’s United Methodist Church – sttims-umc.org
3220 Terrace Drive
Wesley Foundation at the University of Iowa – iowawesley.org
120 N. Dubuque Street
Wesley Foundation University of Northern Iowa – threehouse.org
2422 College Street
First Unitarian Church of Sioux City – [email protected]
2508 Jackson Street
Sioux City, IA
Journey Road Ministries – journeyroadsc.org
Mary Dyer & Sheryl Butler, founders
21998 Kane Avenue
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.