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:  February 22, 2018                    

Dear Friends of the Center for Lay Ministries,

The weather has been cold and now it's been raining for days.  Nevertheless, our clients at the food pantry continue to find their way to get food.  We have some new faces in our pantry volunteering,  however, we are still looking for more.  

We have a full house at Bliss and we continue to do great things with the ladies road to recovery to sobriety.     We are so fortunate to have such dedicated volunteers with both ministries.  We are doing good work.

We did not host our annual Valentine Bliss fundraiser this February.  However, we are planning a gala on August 24th at Kyes II in Jeffersonville.  This will be fun and hope that our loyal donors will attend this 1st annual event.  More details to come.  Stop by and visit anytime.  Greg       

Greg Henderzahs, Executive Director

Center for Lay Ministries

Please check out (below) our newest video relating to the CLM Bonnie's Food Pantry.   


This is the newest video for the CLM Bonnie's Food Pantry.  Please watch this short video showing what we do at CLM.  As always, thank you to all of our volunteers and staff.  If you are interested in volunteering, we are always in need of help, even on Saturdays.  

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, but here I am and this place means food for my family!"

"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 the pantry 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.   


Derby City Brass Band in concert March 22


The Derby City Brass Band will perform in a FREE concert at 7 PM on Thursday March 22nd at St Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church at 315 East Chestnut at Locust Street in downtown Jeffersonville. Derby City Brass Band plays the finest music of the British Brass Band tradition.  This is generosity event to support the work of the CLM Food Pantry and Bliss House sponsored by St Paul’s Episcopal Church and the Catholic Community of Jeffersonville. Admission to the concert is free. At the intermission a free-will offering will be received to support the work of the Center for Lay Ministries Food Pantry (which serves Clark County) and Bliss House, a halfway house for women in recovery.


The founding members of Derby City Brass Band were all brass band veterans. The band is a traditional British Style Brass Band.  Band members include faculty members of the U of L School of Music, as well as music teachers and musicians from throughout the Kentuckiana area.


All are invited and welcome. For more information call 812-282-1108.


The Center for Lay Ministries in Jeffersonville announces their 5th annual Golf Scramble will be held on Monday June 11, 2018 at Elk Run Golf Club in Jeffersonville.  Registration will begin at 11:00 with a lunch at noon and a shot gun start at 1:00 PM. Area golfers are encouraged to save the date and start putting together teams to support the vital food pantry mission of the Center for Lay Ministries.

Travis Dorman, Branch Manager, First Savings Bank, presented a donation to CLM for $500. 

Travis, also a past CLM Board Chair, explained the money was raised from the Blue Jean Friday donations.  Employees can donate to a fund in order to wear their blue jeans in to work at the bank.  CLM was honored to be the selected charity for the funds raised.  

Thanks Travis and First Savings Bank!  


UPDATE:  OUR AMAZING COMMUNITY, ALONG WITH OUR GENEROUS JEFFERSONVILLE MEIJER STORE donated $13,940 in gift cards to be used for food to help our pantry remain stocked.   Thanks to everyone who donated through Meijer. 

Once again, Meijer in Jeffersonville is sponsoring their Simply Give campaign to benefit the Center for Lay Ministries Food Pantry. Look for the Simply Give cards near the checkout lanes! Now through December 30th, dollars donated ($10 minimum) at the Meijer in Jeffersonville will DOUBLE your donation with food cards to Center for Lay Ministries. For example, you donate $20, the Center for Lay Ministries gets $40 in food only gift cards that they will use to buy items to stock their shelves. PLUS on Friday, December 8th and Saturday, December 9th there will be Double Match days. For example, if you donate $20 during these two days, CLM will receive $60 in food cards. This is a fantastic opportunity for CLM and their clients served!

We are so very grateful to Meijer and our community for ensuring the Simply Give campaign to help CLM is a huge success.

We hope all of our supporters (and new supporters) can help CLM and take advantage of this opportunity. Thank you.

For more information about the Meijer Simply Give program, please click on this direct link:  MEIJER SIMPLY GIVE


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.