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:  May 23, 2017                    

Dear Friends of the Center for Lay Ministries,

This Saturday, CLM-Bliss Alumnae will be selling parking places at CLM and the auxiliary parking lot at St. Augustine. Church located at Chestnut and Walnut Streets for $20.00.  "Abby on the River" festival will have music this Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Big Four park.  This will be a fundraiser for our Bliss House alumnae.  If you intend to attend this event on Saturday,  please allow us to provide your parking place for the day. 

Much work here at CLM as we prepare for our 4th annual Golf Outing at Elk Run Golf Coarse here in Jeffersonville. on June 12th.   We are looking for golfers, hole sponsors and Tournament sponsors.  In addition, we are selling raffle tickets.  Please let me or anyone on our golf committee to purchase any of these items. Please call our office at 812-282-0063.   


Life is good here at CLM and appreciate so much support from our community.  With your help and financial support, we can maintain two superior ministries serving Clark County. 

Greg Henderzahs, Executive Director

Center for Lay Ministries


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!

MONDAY, June 12
$400 team entry (or sign up and we will place you on a team)
We also are having a fabulous raffle this year (anyone can purchase).  For a $20 donation, you can purchase one or more tickets (only 150 will be sold) for A FOURSOME AT VALHALLA GOLF CLUB (includes greens fees and your choice of either caddies or carts and 1 caddie).  THANKS TO A DONATION FROM THE HUGHES GROUP, INC IN JEFFERSONVILLE FOR THIS RAFFLE PACKAGE. 

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!


Saturday, May 13 was a great success.  Our Bliss House residents raised over $400 in order to attend the Float for Recovery event.  This event benefit The Healing Place, Louisville, Kentucky.  


        OUR CLM THANK YOU BOARD TO OUR VOLUNTEERS                                                                 

RESPECT AND APPRECIATION GOES OUT TO KATHY GATZ FOR HER YEARS OF DEDICATION TO THE CENTER FOR LAY MINISTRIES (volunteer with Bonnie's Food Pantry, served on the Bliss House Committee, lead the Valentine Bliss Charity event several years, chaired the CLM golf fundraiser two years, and served on several CLM committees - KATHY WILL BE MISSED!). She will be moving to be near her family and the precious grandchild she is holding in the picture. We know she will be serving others wherever she and her family lives.
Thank you for sharing your heart with our ministry, Kathy!

RESPECT AND APPRECIATION GOES OUT TO LAURA BARKHAUER FOR HER YEARS OF DEDICATION TO THE CENTER FOR LAY MINISTRIES BLISS HOUSE~ Laura has served on the Bliss House Committee since 2012, always stepping up whenever needed.  She coordinated the registration and silent auction intake for Valentine Bliss for several years, along with working on the Bliss House resident Christmas and Thunder parties Spring Fashion Show, and so much more.  Laura, not one to be in front of the camera, always stepped up when needed.  Her loss on the BH Committee will leave a significant void, but she has agreed to remain active with CLM and the Bliss House ministries, while spending more time with her growing family. 


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.


Please give to the Jeffersonville Meijer SIMPLY GIVE program and your donation will be matched. MAY 14 - JUNE 18
Double Days:  JUNE 2-3
Proceeds will go to the Center for Lay Ministries.

The Meijer store in Jeffersonville has been working with our community to ensure our pantry shelves are stocked with food.  They have been generously doing this for several years. Meijer is once again hosting their spring SIMPLY GIVE program between May 14th through June 18th.  

For every dollar that is donated between these dates, our Jeffersonville Meijer will match your donation to CLM.  JUNE 2nd & 3rd will be double days.  Donations made on these two days will be doubled.  For example, you can donate $100 and CLM will receive $300 in food vouchers. There is a $10 minimum.

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.Click here to edit text


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)