Center for Lay Ministries

Food Pantry/Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Services


Various Center for Lay Ministries Staff and Volunteers write our monthly column (entitled MISSION POSSIBLE), in the News and Tribune, Jeffersonville, Indiana.  We are grateful to the News and Tribune (our local Southern Indiana newspaper) for allowing us the space for this monthly column.

If you have an idea for one of our columns, feel free to contact us!  We love hearing from you.  

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You Can Be A Summer Santa

Posted on August 2, 2017 at 3:55 PM
MISSION POSSIBLE You Can be a Summer Santa By Carol Dawson Everyone loves Santa Claus, except a few screaming and writhing toddlers and infants. Santa Claus goes by many names such as St. Nicholas, Sinter Klass, Christkind, Kris Kringle, Pere Noel, Father Christmas, and Babouschka. No matter the name, this jolly and generous fella??? is always bringing gifts to children who have been good. The Center for Lay Ministries (CLM) clearly has been good and has accomplished positive th... Read Full Post »

Bliss House Lost and Found: Dignity and Respect

Posted on February 25, 2016 at 10:30 PM

MISSION POSSIBLE: Bliss House Lost and Found: Dignity and Respect

By Carol Dawson, Center for Lay Ministries/Bliss House Volunteer Communications Director

Her daughter lost everything – her home – her children – her relationships – her dignity – her self-respect – her ability to love - and she nearly lost her life…to drugs and alcohol. Listening to this mother speak of he...

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Bliss House Success Stories

Posted on February 8, 2016 at 1:20 PM

MISSION POSSIBLE / EXTRA MILER:  Success Stories at Bliss House

Column #9

September 12, 2015

By: Carol Dawson, A Bliss House Committee Member and CLM/BH Voluntary Communications Director

A neighbor and friend stopped by my house one day six years ago and asked to sit on the front porch with her to talk. She began telling me about a place called the Bliss House. I had heard of it, but knew little about the non-profit organization.


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Enabling; the Unsuspected Helper to the Addict

Posted on June 30, 2015 at 8:00 PM

MISSION POSSIBLE: Enabling; the Unsuspected Helper to the Addict

Column #8

By Julie Schwerer, Bliss House Director

It’s 10:00 a.m. and the phone rings at Bliss House. The family member is calling about one of the most important people in their lives who is in desperate need of some help to overcome an addiction; calling with the hope that their loved one would one day be themselves once again.

There is no need to speak the words tha...

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I remember...

Posted on May 26, 2015 at 3:25 PM

MISSION POSSIBLE:  Helping Others Less Fortunate

Column #7

By: Virginia Klemens, Past Chair, Center for Lay Ministries

As a child growing up in Massachusetts, I was aware that we were not rich. My dad was the janitor/maintenance man at my elementary and junior high school and then at the local community college until his retirement.

In spite of our meager circumstances, we were provided the example of service to others. My father volunteered...

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Our Ministry Makes a Difference to Many

Posted on April 3, 2015 at 12:40 AM


Column #6

By Greg Henderzahs, Executive Director, Center for Lay Ministries

In early March, I was sitting in my office at CLM admiring the snow which was coming down at a very rapid pace. So beautiful, peaceful and pure and I knew the children will be out soon with their sleds. Our pantry was closed due to weather and I was a little surprised when I saw a gentleman walking away from our front door. I ran out to inquire a...

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MISSION POSSIBLE: Basic Needs Can Be Desperate Needs

Posted on February 24, 2015 at 12:45 AM

MISSION POSSIBLE:  The Stories I've Seen

Column #5

By Kaye Clark, Volunteer for CLM Food Pantry and member of the Thelma Matthews Social Services Committee

Their stories are as varied as much as their appearances; however, one thing they all have in common is - they need food to survive. The mission of the Center for Lay Ministries Food Pantry is to subsidize our client’s food supply. The shelves of the Pantry are stocked by donations from the communit...

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Mission Possible.4. Saving Lives at the Bliss House

Posted on January 11, 2015 at 12:10 AM

MISSION POSSIBLE – Center for Lay Ministries Column

By Carol Dawson

This is a true story of faith, perseverance, and love.

The man walked to the podium with clenched hands and a look of determination that caused everyone in attendance to quiet down. He was shaking and his face was flush. The man appeared to be in his mid-40s, slight in build, with a ruggedly handsome face that revealed signs of prolonged stress. As he began to speak, his brows were knit tightly and ...

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Mission Possible 3. Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

Posted on December 31, 2014 at 1:05 PM

By Virginia Klemens

My name is Virginia, and like Virginia O'Hanlon who wrote to the New York Sun in 1897, I believe in Santa Claus.

I also believe in the goodness of the people of Jeffersonville and especially those many volunteers who support the Center for Lay Ministries. As the Editor of the Sun replied to Virginia's letter, "as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist" so does Santa.  

In writing to the people of the community of Jeffersonvil...

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Anything is Possible at Bliss House

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Mission Possible

By Julie Schwerer, Bliss House Executive Director

Mission Possible? For a plain yellow pumpkin to become a golden carriage? Impossible! We think not! Every day, little by slowly this unfathomable, extraordinary miracle is happening at CLM – Bliss House. The miracle of recovery, a transformation, an entire psychic change, a pivotal point in time where preparation meets opportunity, happens. Just ask our residents what it was like before their imaginat...

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