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.  





Dear Friends of the Center for Lay Ministries,

As the new executive director, I’m so excited to join the Center for Lay Ministries. I feel like all my previous life and work experiences have led me to this position. I am passionate about the work we are doing in our community and feel like we are making a difference every day in the lives of our Food Pantry clients and our Bliss House residents.

We are expanding our hours for the CLM Food Pantry. Beginning on Tuesday, January 8, we will be open every Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. We will remain open on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. We hope to provide services to more Food Pantry clients with our extended Tuesday hours.

And, we need your help to continue providing our services to those in need in our community. Would you consider getting involved to help the vulnerable people in our local community? We believe everyone has something to give. There are many ways you could help…

  • Monetary Donations—Not only will we need a new furnace soon for the Bliss House, we are also facing needed repairs of our food pantry freezer. And, like most nonprofit organizations, we are always in need of general operating funds to pay our bills.
  • Food donations—While we always accept food donations at the pantry, one great way to donate food is through the Meijer Simply Give Program. The Jeffersonville Meijer will generously match dollar for dollar your minimum $10 donation in food gift cards for the Center for Lay Ministries. The program runs now through December 29.
  • Volunteer—We need volunteers in our food pantry, as well as on committees for Bliss House, Fund Development, and Maintenance. Let us know if you’d be interested in volunteering with us!
  • Prayer—Our clients, residents, volunteers, and staff could always use your prayers.

I hope you will consider helping CLM provide services to the local community by making a donation or volunteering. We appreciate how supportive our community has always been toward our mission. You are helping to make a difference in the lives of our clients and residents too!

Kara Brown, Executive Director

Center for Lay Ministries

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



The Center for Lay Ministries (CLM) is thrilled to announce the results of the Meijer Simply Give campaign, which involved the generous donations of our community and the Jeffersonville Meijer store. CLM received $30,250 from the holiday campaign. Kara Brown, CLM Executive Director responded, “Wow! I picked up the gift cards this morning and was truly grateful that Clark County has such generous citizens. We can’t thank our donors and Meijer enough for their continued support of our food pantry program.” Photo: L to R: Kara Brown, CLM Executive Director and Scarlet Greenwood, Meijer Jeffersonville Store Director, hold several of the gift cards that will be used to purchase food for the CLM pantry.

Thank you!  

HOLIDAY GIVING OPPORTUNITY AT MEIJER HAS STARTED !  When you shop at Meijer, we hope you will consider making a donation to their Simply Give program (and CLM)

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 29, 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 7th will be Double Match day! 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

Thank you to Jeffersonville Elks Lodge 362 for their generous grant to support the Center for Lay Ministries. 
This donation will help us continue to provide food pantry services and the Bliss House program to our community. We appreciate their ongoing support!
Pictured on the left is John Sauer, Jeff Elks, presenting the check to Kara Brown, CLM Executive Director

Thank you to the Hughes Group for their generous donation to the Center for Lay Ministries. Their donation will help us feed our clients in Clark County.

THANK YOU TO St. Luke's United Church of Christ in Jeffersonville

Our wonderful community is coming through for those in need!  While the Meijer Simply Give Campaign is going strong, we have one of our local churches step up and give a generous gift to CLM.  Check it out:  CLICK HERE for more information.
Thanks to the Clark Memorial Hospital Community Association for awarding a $5,000 grant to CLM's Bliss House. CLM/Bliss House sincerely appreciates their generosity and support of our program.
AIG Jeffersonville recently held a competition to see which department could collect the most food for the Center for Lay Ministries. The winning department was Service and HVAC with 382 pounds of food donated. Overall, AIG Jeffersonville donated 1,356 pounds of food to CLM. Thank you AIG Jeffersonville!
OUR LOCAL BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA:    CLM is very grateful for the Scouting for Food project and all the local Boy Scouts who collected and donated over 4,800 pounds of food to our 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.  

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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.   




OUR 5th ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT TO BENEFIT CLM TURNED OUT GREAT (if you like the rain...and many did). Our net profit from the event was $12,683. The pictures below tell the story of the teams that braved wind and rain and even remained steadfast through lightening (but came inside for safety). We had 11 teams and we thank each person who participated or helped with the event. A note from our Executive Director, Greg Henderzahs, "Congratulations to all of you who put many hours of time and energy to make this event successful."

        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.