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 28, 2017                    

Dear Friends of the Center for Lay Ministries,

Winter is here but who can tell.  Flowers are blooming, golfers are back out on the courses and people are starting to wear short sleeve shirts.  Although Spring is around the corner, we are still experiencing many clients chilling the need for food to survive.  Many have no place to lay their heads.  Many have limited resources to procure all the food needed for their families.  Many need Center for Lay Ministries food pantry.  WE are doing very well.  We have reached out to many sources for food.  I am currently exploring using our truck and resources to deliver lunches this summer on weekends.,  Thank you.

I am excited to announce the success of our recent fundraiser, "The Valentine Bliss".   February 11th, over two hundred supporters attended this event.  We had a profit, after expenses, over $24,000.00.  These dollars will be used solely on our Bliss ministries. Our Bliss women are very thankful.   Life is good.   Greg H 

Greg Henderzahs, Executive Director

Center for Lay Ministries


CLM Bliss House held their final Valentine Bliss celebration!
Valentine Bliss 2017 was a big success - THANK YOU to all who organized the event.  Also, thank you to those who participated, speakers, sponsors, and supporters.  You are why Bliss House can fulfil our mission and why we are able to continue changing and saving lives.
You helped us raise over $24K - all of the money will be used to support the Bliss House ministries.  OUR COMMUNITY IS THE BEST!

This Brass Band concert will be next Thursday at 7 pm at St. Augustine Church in Jeffersonville.  This event is sponsored by St. Paul's Episcopal Church and St. Augustine Catholic Church and it is free to the public.   However, you will have an opportunity to make a donation to help support the for Center for Lay Ministries.  CLM's Executive Director, Greg Henderzahs stated, "I have attended concerts like this before and I can promise you an enjoyable evening.  I appreciate if you and/or your family/friends could attend this event and support our CLM ministries. Hope to see you there."  Come on out for an enjoyable evening of music and inspiration. 


St. Augustine's Church at 315 E. Chestnut at Locust St., Jeffersonville, Indiana (for additional information, please contact 812-282-1108)



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.


Thanks for giving - we will update this section as soon as we know the amount donated.  
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 December 31 the Jeffersonville Meijer will match your donation dollar for dollar for CLM Food Pantry and during NOVEMBER 11-12 they will double your donation (for every $10 donated, Meijer will give CLM $30 in gift cards for food).  
This past spring, Meijer awarded our Food Pantry $9.910.00 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 Boy Scouts, 3 troops from Clark County, delivered 5,670 pounds of food to our pantry.  This is an annual event.  The Center for Lay Ministries  appreciate these troops for all they do for CLM.  Thank you!

The GOLF SCRAMBLE was held Monday, June 12 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.    


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)