How We Got Started
Jordan Decker had a dream after his affirmation surgery in 2015. Following his surgery, he went to over 20 health care service agencies and could not find the support he needed. Jordan knew that even though he had insurance and was still not able to receive care, then what would happen to so many others who had little or no insurance?
Therefore, his dream was to open a house where transgender people having affirmation surgery could come and receive a radical welcome, support and loving care.
Jordan along with a dear friend Rev. Janie Spahr, founder of the LGBTQ+ Center in Marin County, gathered some ten nurses, doctors health care professionals, attorneys, religious leaders, transgender friends and began to make this dream a reality. For over a year, they went to work to find a place where his dream could come true. With support from the Staff of San Francisco Theological Seminary, now the University of Redlands, on November 20 2018, his dream became a reality with a beautiful home where transgender folks going through their affirmation surgeries could find rest and healing.
His passion to have this kind of housing has established a model of care and true hospitality. Jordan preached, spoke, taught and trained volunteers from The Spahr Center, different faith communities and the San Francisco bay area, who caught his dream. This wonderful house has given safety and respite for many guests and their caregivers who come to stay and also receive healthy delicious meals weekly from volunteers of nine organizations including multi-faith traditions and an LGBTQ+ Seniors group.
Jordan has many dreams in his work for the rights of transgender people. With this house in place and flourishing, Jordan was honored at the Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20th, 2020, for his tireless efforts as founder of Trans HeartLine and all his work in our community for transgender people. His dream following that event is to create projects and to open doors for transgender people to receive the many services that they need.
The Board of Trans HeartLine thanks Jordan and is working to insure his legacy of love and support, which is foundational in our work ahead, will continue. Jordan is now pursing his next passion of Transgender advocacy work.
We believe everyone deserves to live life authentically. Our goal at Trans HeartLine is to provide a space where people recovering from surgery can do just that. We also seek to educate communities that know very little about the trans community so that we can create more allies, making the world just a tiny bit safer for trans people.