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PEER Advocate Program

Are you 60 or Older and need help but don't know where to go?  Call the PEER Advocate Program.  PEER Advocates are volunteers over the age of 60 who have completed an initial counseling skills training and participate in ongoing seminars. They are available to help with a variety of situations, concerns, problems, or questions.

The PEER Advocate Program will take a referral from anyone. We receive calls from persons calling for themselves, from neighbors, concerned friends, doctors, hospital social workers, and family members. If for any reason you are concerned about an older adult living in Polk County, please call.

A PEER Advocate can help you to discover options and access services when you have concerns about housing, health care and insurance, nutrition, house cleaning, yard work, transportation, opportunities for socializing and recreation, financial assistance, legal issues, or anything else of concern to an older adult.  There is no cost to participate in the PEER Advocate Program.  All services are free and confidential. 

The PEER Advocate Program can help with: 

  • Emergency meal delivery
    • Emergency meals be delivered the same day that you call. A volunteer will deliver two meals per day for up to three days. One is a hot meal and the other is cold.  Meals are purchased from the Hy-Vee Deli.
  • Answers to questions
  • Rent reimbursement
  • Information and referrals
  • SHIIP sponsor site

Call a PEER Advocate Volunteer TODAY at 286-2112.

Program Brochure and Volunteer Form

Click here to view the PEER Advocate Program Brochure

Click here to view the PEER Advocate Volunteer Application

 

Donations to the PEER Advocate program are greatly appreciated and allow us to serve a greater number of clients.

 

“In accordance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504, of the Rehabilitation Acts of 1973, and the Aging Discrimination Act of 1975, is the policy to provide service without regard to race, color, national origin, handicap, or age.”

We will also follow the Older American’s Act of 1965, and its implementing rules which positively address past practices regarding age discrimination.  We are funded in part under the Older American’s Act of 1965, as amended, through the Aging Resources of Central Iowa, Inc.


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