Community & Social Activities

Organizations that provide opportunities for older adults to become involved in an array of social programs and civic engagement within their community.


Our Resource Directory for LGBTQ older adults aims to help people looking for LGBTQ–welcoming services for themselves, a loved one or a client.  The Directory is not meant to endorse or guarantee the sensitivity of any provider. However, we do indicate which organizations and providers report having non-discrimination policies that specifically include sexual orientation (SO) and/or gender identity (GI). The Generations Aging with Pride logo  is indicated next to providers that have had one or more staff members attend our evidence-based training.

 

 

Burien Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

 

Contact:

Nichole Casado, Lynda Baldwin

Address: 

SOGI

Phone #:

206-242-3212 (facility), 

206-631-0222 (24/7 admissions)

1031 SW 130th St 

Burien, WA 98146

 

 

E-mail:

admissions@burienrehab.com

 

Ages

19+

 

 

ADA

Website/Social Media Page:

Languages:  

Transit

www.burienrehab.com

12+ languages & translation

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Services provided: Advocacy, Alternative and Complementary Therapy, Caregiver Support, Case Management/Care Coordination, Community and Social Activities, Counseling partner with NAVOS mental health, Financial Planning (can help with Medicaid application), Food and Nutrition, Healthcare (Hospitals, Clinics, Health Centers), Hospice & Palliative Care, Housing, Information and Assistance, Specialty Associations (HIV care), Volunteer Opportunities

 

Summary:  Burien Nursing and Rehabilitation Center provides 24-hour skilled nursing and sophisticated rehabilitation services in a clean, comfortable, friendly and motivating environment. We believe the most effective way to provide compassionate care is to maintain high medical integrity, build a team spirit among staff and provide beautiful surroundings for our patients and their visitors. ALL our staff are given LGBT cultural competency training upon hire. Burien Nursing and Rehabilitation Center participates in the NW LGBT Senior Provider Network, has a close working relationship with the Madison Clinic and Bailey Boushay House.

 

 

 

 

But I Thought I was Heterosexual

 

Contact:

Sandra Jo Palm

Address: 

SOGI

Phone #:

206-328-4895

n/a

 

 

E-mail:

sanru13@aol.com

 

Ages

18+

 

 

ADA

Website/Social Media Page:

Languages:  

Transit

www.2beornot2be.net

English

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Services provided: Caregiver support (emotional), Community and Social Activities, Information and Assistance

 

Summary:  But I Thought I was Heterosexual is a place to puzzle out one’s feelings for women. But I Thought I was Heterosexual is for women married to men or women who have previously considered themselves heterosexual to receive support in considerations of coming out. This is a support group not a therapy group. Groups are composed of six women and a professional facilitator meeting two times a month for two hours each time. There is no expectation that a person will finish this on-going group with any particular decision: heterosexual, bisexual, or lesbian. This group has been functioning for twenty years.

 

 

 

 

Central Area Senior Center

 

Contact:

Dian Ferguson, Director

Address: 

SOGI

Phone #:

206-726-4926

500 30th Avenue S

 

 

E-mail:

dianf@soundgenerations.org

Seattle, WA 98144

Ages

50+

 

 

ADA

Website/Social Media Page:

Languages:  

Transit

www.centralareasrcenter.org

English, Spanish, Filipino

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Services provided: Adult Day Services, Advocacy, Caregiver Support, Case Management / Care Coordination, Community and Social Activities, Counseling, Financial Planning, Food & Nutrition, Funeral/Cremation/End of Life Planning, Help at Home, Healthcare, Information & Assistance, Legal Assistance, Lifelong Learning & Arts, Specialty Associations, Transportation, Volunteer Opportunities

 

Summary:  As a program of Sound Generations, our mission and vision is to promote the emotional, social and physical well-being of older adults helping to create a just society where aging adults and those who care about them can live their best lives. CASC also serves as a neighborhood gathering place for non-profit, civic and PanHellenic organizations. You can find a rich diversity of neighborhood groups and participants who access the center on a daily basis. They participate in community meetings, attend wedding receptions, birthday parties, Green Dolphin Lounge, special events and Neighborhood Council meetings. On any given day reflected at the center is the full diversity of age, race, class, culture, gender and diversity of thought.

 

 

 

 

Elderwise

 

Contact:

Carrie Smith

Address: 

SOGI

Phone #:

206-913-1757

609 8th Ave

 

 

E-mail:

info@elderwise.org

Seattle, WA 98104 

Ages

50+

 

 

ADA

 

425 NE 95th St

Transit

 

Seattle, WA 98115

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Website/Social Media Page:

Languages:  

 

 

www.elderwise.org

English

 

 

 

Services provided: Adult Day Services, Caregiver Support, Community and Social Activities, Lifelong Learning & Arts, Volunteer Opportunities

 

Summary:  Elderwise invites adults living with memory loss to creatively and meaningfully engage with each other through art, discussion, movement, and shared meals; while providing respite for care partners. Our Day Program meets the need for social embeddedness by providing compassionate, respectful, and Spirit-centered Care; meaningful activity; and supported community. We have two locations (North Seattle & First Hill) and programming Monday-Friday from 10am-2pm (Mondays & Wednesdays in North Seattle and Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays on First Hill).

 

 

 

 

Entre Hermanos

 

Contact:

Luise Fernando Ramirez

Address: 

SOGI

 

Adrian Neri-Reyes

1105 23rd Avenue

 

 

Phone #:

206-322-7700

Seattle, WA 98122

 

 

E-mail:

fernando@entrehermanos.org

 

Ages

all

 

adrian@entrehermanos.org

 

ADA

 

 

Transit

Website/Social Media Page:

Languages:  

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www.entrehermanos.org

English, Spanish

 

 

 

Services provided:  Advocacy, Community and Social Activities, Volunteer Opportunities

 

Summary:  Our programs seek to address health disparities and social injustices affecting the Latino LGBTQ community. Our programs are usually delivered in Spanish or a bilingual format, and in a culturally appropriate manner by our staff and community resource people who are part of the community we serve. We seek to build community leadership and promote equity through advocacy and community mobilizing.

Our overall mission is to promote the health and well-being of the Latino Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and questioning community in a culturally appropriate environment through disease prevention, education, support services, advocacy and community building.

 

 

 

Full Life Care

 

Contact:

n/a

Address: 

SOGI*

Phone #:

206-528-5315

800 Jefferson St, Ste 620

 

 

E-mail:

n/a

Seattle, WA 98104

Ages

18+

 

 

ADA

Website/Social Media Page:

Languages:  

Transit

www.fulllifecare.org

English, other languages

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vary by site

 

 

 

Services provided:  Adult Day Services, Caregiver Support, Case Management/Care Coordination, Community and Social Activities, Counseling, Help at Home, Home Care (non-medical), Housing, Volunteer Opportunities. 

 

Summary:  Full Life Care helps adults of all ages with chronic illnesses, and physical or developmental disabilities. We are a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving people’s lives and supporting caregivers. Since the 1970s, we have helped thousands of individuals preserve their dignity and avoid living in a nursing home or in isolation. Programs include: adult day health, care consultation, memory care assisted living, home care, ElderFriends volunteer companionship, Solstice behavioral health and Roads to Community Living.

 

*Organization culture is non-discriminatory around gender, currently in process up updating written policies to include GI. 

 

 

Greater Seattle Business Association

 

Contact:

Louise Chernin

Address: 

SOGI

Phone #:

206-363-9188

400 E Pike St Ste 322

 

 

E-mail:

office@theGSBA.org

Seattle, WA 98122

Ages

all

 

 

ADA

Website/Social Media Page:

Languages:  

Transit

www.theGSBA.org

English, Spanish, German

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Services provided:  Advocacy, Community and Social Activities, Specialty Associations, Volunteer Opportunities

 

Summary:  Our mission is to combine business development, leadership, and social action to expand economic opportunities for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community and those who support equality for all. We are a community resource and one-stop shop connector for the LGBT community. We often receive calls from LGBT seniors looking for referrals.

 

 

 

Ingersoll Gender Center

 

Contact:

Karter Booher

Address: 

SOGI

Phone #:

206-849-7859

517 E Pike St, lower floor

 

 

E-mail:

karter@ingersollgendercenter.org

Seattle, WA 98122

Ages

all

 

 

ADA

Website/Social Media Page:

Languages:  

Transit

www.ingersollgendercenter.org

English

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Services provided:  Advocacy, Community and Social Activities, Volunteer Opportunities

 

Summary:  Ingersoll Gender Center is an organization of, by and for transgender and gender nonconforming people in the Puget Sound region. We offer a weekly peer support group for transgender, gender nonconforming people and those that support them on Wednesdays at 7:00pm at Seattle Counseling Services. We host the Seattle Trans Economic Empowerment Project for those that are having trouble finding employment. Additionally, we manage a database of care providers that offer trans affirming services that folks can search based on their location and their insurance.

 

 

 

Mature Friends

 

Contact:

Bruce Terrey

Address: 

SOGI

Phone #:

206-795-7731

PO Box 21203

 

 

E-mail:

info@maturefriends.org

Seattle, WA 98133

Ages

40+

 

 

ADA

Website/Social Media Page:

Languages:  

Transit

www.maturefriends.org

English

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Services provided:  Community and Social Activities, Moving and Travel, Volunteer Opportunities

 

Summary:  We are a social organization for same-sex oriented people and their friends where members can participate in a variety of club sponsor social activities and find a network already in place for supporting the community at large. More than 200 members meet regularly to share common interests such as cooking, playing cards, book club, dining out, theater, garden tours, hikes, wine tasting, and travel.

 

 

 

NW Network of BTLG Survivors of Abuse

 

Contact:

Connie Burk, Executive Director

Address: 

SOGI

Phone #:

206-568-7777

PO Box 18436

 

 

E-mail:

n/a

Seattle, WA 98118

Ages

all

 

 

ADA

Website/Social Media Page:

Languages:  

Transit

www.nwnetwork.org

English, Spanish, Arabic,

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French, translation services

 

 

 

Services provided:  Advocacy, Community and Social Activities, Information and Assistance, Legal Assistance

 

Summary:  The NW Network increases our communities’ ability to support the self-determination and safety of bisexual, transgender, lesbian and gay survivors of abuse through education, organizing and advocacy. We work within a broad liberation movement dedicated to social and economic justice, equality and respect for all people and the creation of loving, inclusive and accountable communities.  


The NW Network has provided services by and for the LGBT community for over 25 years. We offer skilled support for survivors of domestic, dating and sexual abuse. Services to survivors include: free and confidential advocacy based counseling, support groups, legal advocacy, safety and support planning, resources and referrals, and youth advocacy. We also offer a range of Community Engagement events including: Relationship Skills Classes, Queer Parent Networking Dinners, and an OutSpoken Speakers Bureau.

 

 

 

Puget Sound Old Lesbians Organizing for Change

 

Contact:

Aganita Varkentine

Address: 

SOGI*

Phone #:

206-458-0823

n/a

 

 

E-mail:

info@psoloc.org

 

Ages

50+

 

 

ADA

n/a

Website/Social Media Page:

Languages:  

Transit

n/a

www.psoloc.org

English

Parking

n/a

 

Services provided:  Advocacy, Community and Social Activities

 

Summary:  Puget Sound OLOC (PS OLOC) is a chapter of National OLOC, Old Lesbians Organizing for Change, which focuses on raising consciousness about ageism among old lesbians, within the LGBTQ community and society at large. PS OLOC focuses on connecting old lesbians throughout the Puget Sound area to form community, and to encourage participation in activities and causes that work to improve our lives, and increase our visibility.

 
PS OLOC Mission is to:

• Support and empower old lesbians 
• Challenge ageism in our society
• Educate ourselves and the general public about the effects of ageism 
• Celebrate our strengths, talents, and experiences
• Document our lives 


PS OLOC Goals and Objectives
• Promote visibility of old lesbians among themselves, to the LGBTQ communities, and to service agencies 

• Provide a structure that supports group interaction, individual actions, and the flow of information • Collect and preserve the herstories of old lesbians 

 

* We are a lesbian organization. With regard to gender identity, all who identify as lesbian are welcome.

 

 

 

Phinney Neighborhood Association – Greenwood Senior Center

 

Contact:

Cecily Kaplan, Director

Address: 

SOGI

Phone #:

206-297-0875

525 N 85th St

 

 

E-mail:

cecily@phinneycenter.org

Seattle, WA 98103

Ages

all

 

 

ADA

Website/Social Media Page:

Languages:  

Transit

www.phinneycenter.org/gsc

English

Parking

 

Services provided:  Caregiver Support, Community and Social Activities, Counseling, Financial Planning, Food and Nutrition, Help at Home, Information and Assistance, Legal Assistance, Lifelong Learning and Arts, Volunteer Opportunities

 

Summary: The Phinney Neighborhood Association builds, engages and supports our diverse community through program, services and civic engagement. Our Greenwood Senior Center focuses on programs and services for adults 50 and over. We provide fitness and wellness activities and classes, technology support and classes, social opportunities, and food and nutrition. Our social services include individual counseling and support groups, including caregiver support and a large multi-faceted memory loss program.

 

 

 

 

Pride at Work

 

Contact:

Mike Andrew

Address: 

SOGI

Phone #:

206-261-8110

300 10th Ave #B-103

 

 

E-mail:

msand76@hotmail.com

Seattle, WA 98122

Ages

all

 

 

ADA

n/a

Website/Social Media Page:

Languages:  

Transit

n/a

www.prideatwork.org

English

Parking

n/a

 

Services provided:  Advocacy, Community & Social Activities, Volunteer Opportunities

 

Summary: Pride at Work is an LGBTQ labor organization affiliated with the AFL-CIO. We advocate for LGBTQ inclusion within the labor movement, and for workers' rights within the LGBTQ community.

 

 

 

 

Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action

 

Contact:

Mike Andrew

Address: 

SOGI

Phone #:

206-448-9646

2800 1st Ave, Suite 262

 

 

E-mail:

organizer@psara.org

Seattle, WA 98121

Ages

all

 

 

ADA

Website/Social Media Page:

Languages:*  

Transit

www.psara.org

English

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Services provided:  Advocacy, Community & Social Activities

 

Summary: PSARA advocates for retirement security for all Americans. We support protecting and expanding the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. We work for affordable mass transit and housing, and a clean and safe environment.

 

*Programs and literature are currently available in English, but we we're working toward making translations available

 

 

 

Queer Healthcare Accountability (QuHac) - Gay City

 

Contact:

Emmett Stanfield

Address: 

SOGI

Phone #:

206-860-6969

517 E Pike St

 

 

E-mail:

emmett@gaycity.org

Seattle, WA 98122

Ages

all

 

 

ADA

Website/Social Media Page:

Languages:  

Transit

www.quhac.gaycity.org

English, Spanish

Parking

 

Services provided:  Advocacy, Community and Social Activities, Healthcare (Hospitals, Clinics, Health Centers), Information and Assistance, Volunteer Opportunities

 

Summary: QuHac provides support and resources for those who identify as LGBTQ.  QuHac has a list of vouched and verified LGBTQ+ health providers who can assist in a variety of healthcare issues (both mental and medical).  Users can use the QuHac database to search for verified healthcare professionals, and users can narrow the results to just those who accept Medicaid. The QuHac database has been built with care to respect the spectrums of sexualities and gender identities.
Gay City provides HIV, Hepatitis, and other STI testing for those in the LGBTQ community.  Gay City also hosts events for the arts, and manages a LGBTQ focused library.

 

 

 

 

Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral

 

Contact:

Rev. Earl Grout, Deacon

Address: 

SOGI*

Phone #:

206-323-0300

1245 Tenth Ave E

 

 

E-mail:

info@saintmarks.org

Seattle, WA 98102

Ages

all

 

 

ADA

Website/Social Media Page:

Languages:  

Transit

www.saintmarks.org

English

Parking

 

Services provided:  Community and Social Activities (Religious)

 

Summary: Saint Mark's Cathedral is an Episcopal Church and part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, which is made up of over 80 million members across the globe. Saint Mark's is the cathedral of the Episcopal Church in Western Washington, the Diocese of Olympia, as we call it. Wherever you are in your journey of faith, and whoever you are, you are welcome at Saint Mark's. We are an open and affirming congregation, and consider ourselves richer for your presence. We are inspired by the light of Christ and are fed by the deep springs of the Holy Spirit. We serve those in need, work for justice and seek to be good stewards of the earth. We have an active chapter of Integrity at Saint Mark's, the national LGBTQ ministry of the Episcopal Church. It usually meets for socializing after the Sunday evening service, and sponsors the Diocesan contingent in the annual Pride Day parade.

 

* We are an "open and affirming" congregation and welcome LGBTQ participation.

 

 

 

 

Seattle Area Support Groups

 

Contact:

Dana Francis

Address: 

SOGI

Phone #:

206-322-2437

115 15th Ave E, Suite 201

 

 

E-mail:

Dana@SASGCC.org

Seattle, WA 98112

Ages

all

 

 

ADA

Website/Social Media Page:

Languages:  

Transit

www.SASGCC.org 

English

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Services provided:  Caregiver Support, Community & Social Activities, Counseling, Information & Assistance, Volunteer Opportunities

 

Summary: SASG is a non-profit corporation that cultivates powerful, healthy lives by providing peer emotional support and development services to the LGBTQ community and their allies embracing issues of mental health, chemical and behavioral addiction, and chronic illness. We provide opportunities for clients to engage together in peer led, peer directed group support in a variety of topics relating to Recovery from Addiction, Mental Health and Chronic Illness. We offer one on one support through our Recovery Coach Program which engages clients one hour a week privately for 26 weeks. We empower our members by offering different training opportunities, such as a Facilitator, Advocacy and Recovery Coaching as well as volunteering within our community center. We offer safe and sober social activities. We offer SAMHSA's Access to Recovery.

 

 

 

 

Seattle Counseling Service

 

Contact:

Bleeker Ayers

Address: 

SOGI

Phone #:

206-323-1768

1216 Pine St. Suite 300  

 

 

E-mail:

Bleekera@seattlecounseling.org

Seattle, WA  98101

Ages

18+

 

 

ADA

Website/Social Media Page:

Languages:  

Transit

www.seattlecounseling.org

English

Parking

 

Services provided: Advocacy, Alternative and Complementary Therapy, Caregiver Support, Case Management/Care Coordination, Community and Social Activities, Counseling, Financial Planning, Housing, Information Assistance, Lifelong Learning and Arts

 

Summary: Seattle Counseling Service is a community based organization that has been dedicated to promoting health and wellness within the LGBTQ community for 45 years. We are committed to providing accessible services, offering a sliding fee scale in addition to accepting Medicaid and many insurance plans.

 

 

 

 

Senior Center of West Seattle

 

Contact:

Lyle Evans

Address: 

SOGI

Phone #:

206-932-4044

4217 SW Oregon St

 

 

E-mail:

lylee@soundgenerations.org

Seattle, WA 98116

Ages

50+

 

 

ADA

Website/Social Media Page:

Languages:  

Transit

www.sc-ws.org

English

Parking

 

Services provided: Advocacy, Caregiver Support, Case Management/Care Coordination, Community and Social Activities, Counseling, Financial Planning, Food and Nutrition, Funeral/Cremation/End of Life Planning, Help at Home, Healthcare (Hospitals, Clinics, Health Centers), Information and Assistance, Legal Assistance, Lifelong Learning and Arts, Specialty Associations, Transportation, Volunteer Opportunities

 

Summary: The Senior Center of West Seattle strives to promote independence and life enjoyment by providing access to medical/legal services, community housing resources, lifelong learning opportunities and social events to keep seniors engaged in our community. 

 

We are a welcoming and inclusive Senior Center!

 

  • Rainbow Bingo! On the last Friday of each month.

  • 2nd Thursday out! Gathering A happy hour and social event afterwards- Theater, game night, movies.  

 

 

 

 

Sno-Valley Senior Center

 

Contact:

Caroline Kogan, Lisa Yeager

Address: 

SOGI

Phone #:

425-333-4152

4610 Stephens Ave

 

 

E-mail:

CarolineK@soundgenerations.org 

PO Box 96

Ages

50+

 

Lisay@soundgenerations.org

Carnation, WA 98014

ADA

 

 

Transit

Website/Social Media Page:

Languages:  

Parking

http://www.snovalleysenior.org 

English

 

 

 

Services provided: Advocacy, Caregiver Support, Community and Social Activities, Financial Planning, Food and Nutrition, Help at Home, Information and Assistance, Legal Assistance, Lifelong Learning and Arts, Transportation, Volunteer Opportunities

 

Summary: We are on a mission to inspire, support, and empower seniors to lead healthy, enriched lives. We serve the Snoqualmie Valley (Duvall, Carnation, Fall City, and Redmond Ridge). We plan to start providing a support group for LGBTQ elders beginning in 2017. All our services from Meals on Wheels to caregiver support to fitness and social activities are open to all.

 

 

 

 

Sound Generations

 

Contact:

Martha Leredu

Address: 

SOGI

Phone #:

206-448-5757

2208 Second Ave Ste. 100 

 

 

E-mail:

info@soundgenerations.org

Seattle, WA 98121

Ages

60+

 

 

ADA

Website/Social Media Page:

Languages:  

Transit

www.soundgenerations.org

English, translation services

Parking

 

Services provided: Caregiver Support, Community and Social Activities, Food and Nutrition, Help at Home, Information and Assistance, Legal Assistance, Transportation, Volunteer Opportunities

 

Summary: Provides multiple services for seniors, adults with disabilities and those who care for them, including: telephone, in-person and written information and assistance. Operates a network of senior centers. Manages the Meals on Wheels and grocery delivery programs.  Offers minor home repair services including making disability modifications.  Arranges for transportation. Provides information on legal topics including end-of-life planning and coordinates an elder law clinic. Offers complementary health and wellness programs. Serves as the health insurance benefits advisors for King County. 

 

 

 

 

Southeast Seattle Senior Center

 

Contact:

Kate Harkins, Jamie Clark

Address: 

SOGI

Phone #:

206-722-0317

4655 S. Holly Street 

 

 

E-mail:

kateh@soundgenerations.org

Seattle, WA 98118

Ages

50+

 

 

ADA

Website/Social Media Page:

Languages:  

Transit

www.sessc.org

English, Spanish

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Services provided: Advocacy, Caregiver Support, Food and Nutrition, Information and Assistance, Lifelong Learning and Arts, Volunteer Opportunities

 

Summary: SESSC creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere to its drop in daytime activities center. We provide activities, such as exercise, bingo and craft classes, some of which are designed for those with dementia. There is a peer-led group for lesbians. We also have trips, informational presentations on topics relevant to older adults, scratch cooked lunch at a reduced rate, and a social worker, as well as foot care and massage. 


SESSC is open Mondays through Fridays 8:30am to 4pm.