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Luncheon Information

The hope of JourneyMakers’ is …

“That we may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that we may have the full riches of complete understanding in order that we may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, … rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in faith and overflowing with thanksgiving.” Colossians 2: 2 & 7

About JourneyMakers

JourneyMakers is a non-denominational, non-profit organization providing monthly luncheons and encouragement for women of all ages in the greater downtown Des Moines area.

JourneyMakers’ first luncheon was held in June of 1998. Its’ founder was Jan Beal, who, after seeing the impact CrossTrainers had on her son’s life, was inspired to start a program that would be equally encouraging for women.

Luncheon Location

We are excited to share that our new home for our monthly luncheons, beginning
October 13, 2016 through November 9, 2017, will be the Wellmark YMCA, located at
501 Grand Avenue, just east of the Diocese.

Our meeting room at the Y is Knapp Learning Center - Suite C. It is ideally located on the main floor, just west of the Y’s reception desk and photo wall, down the hall to your right, and past the vending machines. Suite C is at the far end of the hall and the last door on your right. Be on the lookout for our signs, they will help guide the way.

Skywalk Accessible

The Wellmark YMCA is accessible from the Grand Avenue Skywalk. Take either the stairs or elevator at Grand Avenue to street level. Entry doors to the Y will be just to the east.

For those using the the Skywalk system, there is a free Skywalk app… Skywalk DSM. Using your current location, it directs you to your destination and includes real-time construction, closure updates, and, detour routes so you can get where you want to go. You can get the app at GogglePlay (for Androids) or the AppStore.


For those driving, there is meter parking available on the streets surrounding the Wellmark YMCA. If you are in need of change for the meter, seek out one of us setting the luncheon up in Suite C; we have a supply of quarters for this purpose.

Also, there are several parking garages in the area. The Wellmark YMCA is Skywalk accessible from the 5th & Keo City of Des Moines Parking Garage, which is located on the east side of 5th St. across from the Y. If you are a member of the YMCA, you can bring your parking ticket into the Y for validation, your cost for parking will be $1.00 for 2 hours, which you will need to pay at the Y’s reception desk. Please note that they can only accept cash and coins. This cost-savings applies to Y members only.  All others will pay for their parking at the normal rate as they exit the ramp.  

For directions to the 5th & Keo City of Des Moines Parking Garage, please click here.