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 us at [email protected]

For a printable resources document, click here: Older Iowan LGBTQ Resource Guide


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
(515) 244-2272

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

LGBT Elder Hotline
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.

The Care Plan
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
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.
PO 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, Suite 244
(515) 277-7884
[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
(515) 288-2500
[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.
PO 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., Suite 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 Street
Sioux City, IA 51104
[email protected]

Sioux City
An affiliate of Siouxland Pride Alliance that hosts June Pride celebrations.
(712) 223-0931

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 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:

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
(515) 241-7397

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 Suite 300
Cedar Falls, Iowa 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 Street
Coralville, IA 52241
855-467-3700 (toll free)

Central Iowa VA
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:

Lambda Legal
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.

Central Iowa

Collegiate United Methodist Church and Wesley
2622 Lincoln Way

Des Moines Valley Friends
4211 Grand Avenue
Des Moines

1620 Pleasant Street
Des Moines

First Christian
2500 University Avenue
Des Moines

First Unitarian
1800 Bell Avenue
Des Moines

First United Methodist
1001 Pleasant Street
Des Moines

Grace United Methodist
3700 Cottage Grove
Des Moines

Plymouth United Church of
4126 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines
(515) 255-3149

St. Andrew’s Episcopal
5720 Urbandale Avenue
Des Moines

Tifereth Israel
924 Polk Boulevard
Des Moines

Thrive United Methodist
3550 Mills Civic Parkway
West Des Moines

Trinity Las Americas United Methodist
1548 8th Street
Des Moines

Unity of Des
414 31st. Street
Des Moines

Urbandale United Church of
3530 70th Street

Walnut Hills United Methodist
12321 Hickman Road

Westminster Presbyterian
4114 Allison Avenue
Des Moines

Eastern Iowa

St. Mark’s United Methodist
2675 E Washington Street
Iowa City

St. Timothy’s United Methodist
3220 Terrace Drive
Cedar Falls

Wesley Foundation at the University of
120 N. Dubuque Street
Iowa City

Wesley Foundation University of Northern
2422 College Street
Cedar Falls

Northwest Iowa

First Unitarian Church of Sioux City[email protected]
2508 Jackson Street
Sioux City, IA

Mayflower Congregational Church
1407 West 18th Street
Sioux City, IA 51103
[email protected]

Southwest Iowa

Journey Road
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.