Center for Lay Ministries

Food Pantry/Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Services

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We are the Center for Lay Ministries, Inc. - Community Services

ANNUAL REPORT:    The Center for Lay Ministries 2015 ANNUAL REPORT is available for review.  Please click HERE if you wish to request a copy.  



GREG'S UPDATE:  August 22, 2016

Dear Friends of the Center for Lay Ministries,

As I prepare for our annual board meeting on September 12th, I look back over this past fiscal year.  WE have done a great job and thanks to so many of you.  A balanced budge, new refrigeration in our pantry, almost full capacity at our Bliss Houses and a great group of volunteers.  

What would I do without our donors and volunteers?  There are so many people that come together to make what we do so successfjul and rewarding.  

Currently our Jeffersonville Meijmer's is hosting their Simply Give program benefiting CLM.  Donating at our Jeffersonville Meijer store in this program, CLM will receive food gift cards.  For every dollar you donate,  Meijer will give us two dollars. September 1, 2, 3 will be double days.  You donate a minimum of $10 and CLM will receive $30.  Please continue to support us and allow us to keep doing what we're doing by helping so  many people here in Clark County.   greg 

Greg Henderzahs, Executive Director

Center for Lay Ministries



Thanks to our faithful community of volunteers and supporters, we swept the Clark County Reader's Choice awards this year.

The CLM Bliss House was selected as the Best Non-Profit!

The Center for Lay Ministries was selected as the Best Social Services, AND the CLM Bliss House Valentine Bliss was selected as the Best Charitable Event!

The CLM Staff and Volunteers who work so hard to ensure we meet and surpass our goals couldn't be more grateful to all who voted and believe us to be doing our jobs well in the community. You are the best and we truly are pleased to be able to serve Clark County, Indiana. Thank you, News and Tribune for having this poll each year.


The Meijer store in Jeffersonville is working with our community AGAIN to ensure our pantry shelves are stocked with food. They are once again hosting their Fall SIMPLY GIVE program for the Center for Lay Ministries (CLM). Between now and September 24, the Jeffersonville Meijer will match your donation dollar for dollar for CLM Food Pantry and during September 1 - 3 they will double your donation.
This past spring, Meijer awarded our Food Pantry $7,220.00 in food gift cards. Many in the community have visited our pantry and commented on how nice our shelves look with so much food. The semi-annual SIMPLY GIVE program is a big reason why our Center is able to do what we do. Thank you to Meijer for continuing to support our mission to feed those in our community who are in need and thank you to the community for such generous donations. Please consider making a donation in the next few weeks. We thank you in advance for your kindness and your generosity.

The GOLF SCRAMBLE was held Monday, June 13 and we were able to raise enough money with this fund raiser and other donations to purchase the refrigerator units for our food pantry. 
Our golf scramble generated a net income of $$13,732.30.  Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers.  You are the best! 
Congratulations to the winning team of David Allen, Steve Hilton, Eric Melton, and Chuck Gary. 
  Closest to the Pin was Eric Melton and straightest shot was Carol Baker Dawson.  The drawing  for the Valhalla ticket winner was Ben Finn.
The refrigeration units were purchased and are running perfectly...thanks to all involved in this golf scramble.   
Thanks again to all who contributed to the success of the golf scramble and to the teams who played and supported the effort.  Good Job. 
See below for pictures of the 2016 golf scramble. 



The USPS collected food items for the CLM's  Bonnie's Food Pantry; the generous acts of the USPS employees and our community were impressive!  More than 3,500 POUNDS OF FOOD ITEMS were donated.  Thanks to everyone involved.  You truly make a difference in our community.    

Photos of the 2016 Valentine Bliss event can be found at the bottom on the Bliss House page (click here)

Thanks to all who attended, bid, and donated during the Valentine Bliss celebration.  We cannot thank you enough for your continued support.  The event was a big success. 

Congratulations to Dr. Gary Steedly  for receiving  the Sue LaRue Service Award for his work with the residents of the Bliss  House. 

From everyone associated with the Bliss House
Tiffany Hutchins, Assistant Director for Bliss House received an award today from Bank on Louisville. She was recognized as a Financial Empowerment Champion for her efforts to educate and empower the residents of Bliss House. Congratulations Tiffany!  We are so proud of the work you are doing to ensure the success of the Bliss House mission.  The award celebrates successes and shares future plans to expand our community-wide, financial empowerment efforts.

Tiffany is on the left of the photograph

Thanks to all the women who attended the Bliss in Style event and supported our residents and donated so generously.  Thanks to the Bliss House Committee, Cile Blau,  and all who helped with the resident and alumnae models.  The event was a beautiful success because of you!  

Left:  A model poses with one of the outfits from K & Ts Sales - Tina's Boutique /  Right:  Kristie Dawson, Janet Staley (Bliss House Committee) and MaryAnn Delaney enjoy the luncheon and style show.  

Thank you for supporting 

CONGRATULATIONS to the Center for Lay Ministries for being chosen by DARE TO CARE as the Indiana Food Pantry of the year - 2015.  



We hope you can find everything you need  to know about the Center for Lay Ministries (CLM) and our programs on our website.  CLM is focused on providing high-quality service and client satisfaction - we will do everything we can to meet your expectations and serve the community with respect and dignity.

Look around our website and if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact us.

We hope to see you again! Check back later for new updates to our website. There's much more to come!



Comments from those we serve: 

"Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would have to come to a food pantry!"

"I could write a book on how grateful I am for the Bliss family actually loves having me around and I'm even trusted now. "

"I was told about you when I was unemployed.  We have three children and didn't know what to do.  Thank you for being there in our time of need.  I started a new job and would like to give back to help another family."


"All my papers were destroyed in the storm and somebody told me you would help. You did - thank you."

"I graduated Bliss House in April 2011.  I have learned a new way of living and it's to live sober, happy, and productive..."

"You gave us our daughter back - the Bliss House saved her life...thank you just doesn't seem to be enough."

By partnering with organizations, individuals, businesses, churches and government entities, the greeting and philosophy at the Center for Lay Ministries, to provide assistance to those in need, will continue.   

Our Food Pantry

The Bonnie Ryan Food Pantry of Center for Lay Ministries

Valentine Bliss

The 2016 Sue LaRue Award Recipient was Gary Steedly (pictures with his wife)