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  (Ph:  812-282-0063)

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:  October 19, 2017                    

Dear Friends of the Center for Lay Ministries,

We finished our fiscal year on June 30 and I am happy to report we had another great year.  Our financial position remains strong.  We fed more people with more food at our pantry and our Bliss House graduated 10 ladies.  The ladies are all employed and embrace a very structured environment in the evenings.  We currently have 11 women living in our Bliss House.  

We are in a position to look at our Strategic Plan and explore other opportunities to build our company.  The board is currently evaluating where we have been, where we are today and where to we want to go.  Pray for them as they contemplate CLM future.  

We appreciate your continued support.    

Greg Henderzahs, Executive Director

Center for Lay Ministries


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.   


 August-September 2017

We are looking to our generous community once again to help the Center for Lay Ministries (CLM) during the Meijer Simply Give campaign in Jeffersonville.  Meijer Jeffersonville has graciously once again named CLM to benefit from this program that involves the community. 

This opportunity will be in effect through September 16 (simply tell the cashier that you wish to donate to the Simply Give campaign).  HOWEVER, THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, September 1st & 2nd will be DOUBLE MATCH DAYS.  Your donation ($10 minimum) will be tripled to CLM.  If you donate $100 for example, CLM will receive $300 in food cards!  

This is a great opportunity that allows CLM to keep our shelves full at the pantry.  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.  Thank you for your giving spirit.

Greg Henderzahs, Executive Director


A Santa has appeared and offered to match donations to the Center for Lay Ministries in a “Christmas in July” opportunity!  Up to $5,000 in monetary donations given to the Center through the months of July and August will be matched by our Santa Claus. We are making a special appeal to local congregations and organizations now, so that we can take advantage of this special offer for the Center.  Think of it- your gift can be multiplied by two!  

While most students are excited about summer vacation, there are some children who are not as happy because school is out. So many of our area children depend on schools for their meals, whether it be through the National School Lunch or School Breakfast program. While several of our schools offer summer meal programs, they are not at every school, every day. MANY children go without food in June and July when school is out. The Center for Lay Ministries needs support for its food pantry program, so that we can offer them and their families food in July…just like at Christmas.

In addition, the Center for Lay Ministries runs the Bliss House program for Women in Recovery.  The ladies at Bliss House need the structured support as they reclaim their lives from drugs and/or alcohol addiction through a 12 Step approach to recovery offered there. The program at Bliss House is open to women in several Indiana counties and is the only halfway house in Southern Indiana with this focus. As we watch the news, it is easy to see that there is a huge need in our community to help heal those addicted to drugs like heroin. A “Christmas in July” gift can give a woman the blessing of a whole new life.

Please ask your congregation members or organization to consider a special “Christmas in July” donation in July or August to support these two wonderful programs.  Santa is waiting to double whatever amount you can give! 

Please contact us at:  812-282-0063 and specifically ask for Greg Henderzahs or Dana Busby.

Submitted by:  Nancy Palmquist

Our Pantry Volunteer Coordinator, Bonnie Ryan was recognized in the Southern  Indiana Living magazine for September 2017.  The article can be found through this link.  Congratulation, Bonnie, for your years of continued service.  

Thanks to the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana for their generous support of the CLM Bliss House mission!  For more information relating to the Community Foundation of SI, check out their website:

Crystal Gunther presents the $12K check to Bliss House Director, Tiffany Hutchins.

SATURDAY - MAY 13TH, the Clark County National Association of Letter Carriers held their Food Drive (to benefit the Center for Lay Ministries). Households in Clark County were asked to leave cans of food by their mailbox for pick up.  Thanks to our dedicated letter carriers for taking on this extra weight during their duties. 

CLM received 4400 pounds of food on Saturday, May 13. Greg H. and McNeil assisted the mail carriers in unloading the generous donation.  Thank you to our Mail Carriers!

Thank you for a successful charity golf tournament! Because of the generous sponsors and golfers, we expect to net over $17,500  
Golf team photos are found under the above link to the Calendar Page (click here)

CLM received a donation from Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore on April 26. City boat dock rental during Thunder resulted in a generous donation to CLM.  Thank you to the City of Jeffersonville and Mayor Moore!

        OUR CLM THANK YOU SECTION TO OUR VOLUNTEERS                                                                 


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.


Our Food Pantry

The Bonnie Ryan Food Pantry of Center for Lay Ministries

Valentine Bliss

The 2017 Sue LaRue Award Recipients were the
Harrison County Probation Department Staff and Award Winners:  L to R:  Tiffany Hutchins, Elaine Zipp, Sheila Tempel, Sue LaRue, Jeff Skaggs, Otto Schalk, Melanie Wood, Jacki Byerly, and Cherie Walther.