Center for Lay Ministries

Food Pantry/Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Services

Welcome and thanks for visiting our website!
We are the Center for Lay Ministries, Inc. - Community Services  (Ph:  812-282-0063)

Our address:   213 E. Maple St., Jeffersonville, IN  47130

ANNUAL REPORT:    The Center for Lay Ministries 2015 ANNUAL REPORT is available for review.  Please click HERE if you wish to request a copy.  


Our Executive Director, Kara Brown




Dear Friends of the Center for Lay Ministries, 

The Center for Lay Ministries (CLM) is the umbrella organization for two important missions: the Food Pantry and the Bliss House.  The CLM Food Pantry is open six days a week to meet the needs of Clark County residents who struggle with food insecurity. We provide food to 800 clients and their families each month. Our Bliss House residential recovery program for women battling alcohol/drug addiction has had seven graduations so far this year.  We know that we are making a life-changing difference to these graduates and their families. Your support helps us to continue this important work.


Thank you to everyone who supports us in our mission. We appreciate your donations, not only of food and money, but also all the time our volunteers donate to help our clients. We always need more volunteers, so let us know if you are interested in volunteering with us.

Kara Brown, Executive Director

Center for Lay Ministries

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




PLEASE mark your calendars for SEPTEMBER 12. It will be a day for everyone to support our online campaign through your donation at:     #GiveForGoodLou

If you are one of our supporters and would be willing to help us spread the word...we are in need of fundraising champions to help drive people to our Give For Good Louisville profile on September 12. Contact us for more information on how to become a fundraising champion or just go to: and click on orange Fundraiser button at the top to get started!


CLM wishes to thank the Clark County Community for voting us as the Best in Clark County in these areas (in the News and Tribune):  Best Charity Venue, Best Non-profit, and Best Social Services organization!   We are honored and thankful for your confidence in the work we are doing for our community.  THANK YOU!  


The Center for Lay Ministries (CLM) OFFERING COOKING WORKSHOPS~

Interested in learning new recipes? CLM is offering two separate group workshop sessions.

In partnership with Purdue Extension, CLM is offering FREE cooking/nutrition classes for the community, providing simple solutions to help families to eat smart and move more. The Nutrition Education Program participants will learn how to prepare healthier recipes for participants and their families. These one-hour workshops will be held once a week for four weeks, beginning Wednesday, September 18, 2019 beginning at 11 am at the CLM Food Pantry, 213 East Maple Street, Jeffersonville, IN 47130. Please register by calling CLM at 812-282-0063.

CLM has also teamed up with Clark County 4-H Junior Leaders to offer Cooking Classes at CLM. Kids and adults are invited to attend! Classes are FREE and will last one hour. Classes will be held on the following dates and times: September 10 (2-3pm) and (3-4pm), September 17 (4-5pm) and (5-6pm), and September 24 (2-3pm) and (3-4pm). All participants will receive a free cookbook and be able to eat the recipe prepared that day. Please register by calling CLM at 812-282-0063.

The purpose of the Center for Lay Ministries is to provide services to vulnerable populations in the local community with compassion, dignity and respect. The CLM Food Pantry is open six days a week to meet the needs of Clark County residents who struggle with food insecurity. We provide food to 800 clients and their families each month. 


The Center for Lay Ministries/Bonnie’s Food Pantry and Meijer Partner to Provide Hunger Relief in Southern Indiana Through Retailer’s Simply Give Food Pantry Donation Program
This donation program has ended, but CLM wishes to thank each person who donated to the Meijer Simply Give program.  It helps us keep food on the shelves for those in need.  

Hunger to Hope Gala - a Luau

The Gala was held August 22 at the The Refinery South, and a good time was had by all.  Bonnie Ryan was honored at the Volunteer of the Year, while Melissa Wolf was the Bliss House Alumni Speaker.  Entertainment was provided by Jeremy Sharfe, who we sincerely appreciate.  He not only was our DJ, he was also the Master of Ceremony and then entertained playing the guitar and singing.  Thank you to our primary sponsor, Clark Memorial Health, and to our table sponsors:  Park Memorial Church, First Savings Bank, Lee and Linda Overpeck, The New Washington State Bank, The Louisville Bats, and the American Commercial Barge Line, Rev. Jim Moon, Jeremy Sharfe, to all who worked hard planning the Gala...and to everyone who attended this event. 

To view the pictures of the event, please go to our Calendar of Events page or by clicking HERE.  
CLM would like to congratulate our own Bonnie Ryan as the Volunteer of the Year.  We were so happy that she could make it to the Gala, and to bring her family.  Congratulations and thank you, Bonnie, for twenty years of selfless service to help CLM and those in need.

B0nnie Ryan, accepting the Center for Lay Ministries Volunteer of the Year award from CLM's Executive Director, Kara Brown.  

Congratulations to long time volunteer, Mary Chris Rodden!

Center for Lay Ministries Bliss House celebrated the current participants, alumnae and volunteers during a tea on Sunday, June 23.  Mary Chris Rodden was given the Heart of Bliss Award for her many years of time and dedication to the CLM Bliss House. Each current Bliss House participant was given an award to celebrate her progress in her sobriety. Over 80 people attended the event at the Carriage House.

Photo: The Bliss House Director, Tiffany Mullinix, presents the Bliss award to Mary Chris Rodden.


Some of our younger philanthropists~

Lily and Ada Morrill, with help and guidance by their parents, Bethany and Tim Morrill, have been selling lemonade in their neighborhood for three years and donating their proceeds to charity. Their efforts resulted in a whopping $242.47 this year, which resulted in 215.5 pounds of food donated, (plus their remaining cash was given as a donation) to CLM. CLM wishes to thank Lily (10 years old) and Ada (8 years old), their family, and those who supported them in this charitable endeavor. The generosity of Lily and Ada is so very much appreciated.

Bethany Morrill stated, “We had a GREAT time shopping this morning and then delivered everything to the Center for Lay Ministries, where we weighed it on the big scale. We focused on purchasing protein items, so we chose eggs, soups with meat, canned ravioli/spaghetti/lasagna, and tuna (in addition to cereal, instant oatmeal, etc.).”  

CLM appreciates the efforts of these young servant leaders.  

Pictures:  Top:  Ada and Lily Morrill serve a customer from their lemonade stand

Bottom:  Ada and Lily Morrill, along with shopping assistant, Nathan Ottinger, shop for donations to be made to the food pantry for CLM



Center for Lay Ministries Bliss House received a $17,630 grant from the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County. The grant will be used to support Floyd County residents in their recovery at Bliss House. We are so grateful to the Horseshoe Foundation for their continued support of our work with women in recovery. 

Kara Brown, CLM Executive Director, left, and Stephanie Satterly, Bliss House Assistant Director, right, are shown accepting the grant from Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County Board Member Renee Nadeau. 


Donations to CLM

A giving group of employees from BriovaRx spent the company's serve day helping at the Center for Lay Ministries Food Pantry. They cleaned, sorted clothing and prepared food kits for homeless clients.

Thanks BriovaRx for volunteering with us!

Donations to CLM

STEEL DYNAMICS' employees donated $1800 to purchase food for the Center for Lay Ministries. With this generous donation, Steel Dynamics was able to purchase bread, milk, eggs, cereal, tuna, and chicken to be given to Food Pantry clients.

CLM Executive Director Kara Brown is shown accepting the food donation from Steel Dynamics employee Christopher Eiteljorge, his son Carter and wife Susan.

CLM is so extremely grateful for this generous donation to our mission. THANK YOU.


Donations to CLM

The City of Jeffersonville donated funds collected from marina rentals during Thunder Over Louisville to the Center for Lay Ministries and the Clark County Youth Shelter.

Mayor Mike Moore (left) and City Councilman Dustin White (right) and shown presenting the check to Kara Brown, Executive Director at the Center for Lay Ministries.

Thanks to the City of Jeffersonville for their continued support of our CLM services!


Meijer Simply Give Program



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!  


Donations to CLM
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
Donations to CLM

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.

Donations to CLM
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.
CLM Donations
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.
Donations from AIG
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!
CLM and the Boy Scouts
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.
CLM and the Boy Scouts

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.   


Simply Give - Meijer

        OUR CLM THANK YOU SECTION TO OUR VOLUNTEERS                                                                 

reaching hands - we need your help to be successful


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
a client of CLM, shopping

Our Food Pantry

The Bonnie Ryan Food Pantry of Center for Lay Ministries

Harrison County is recognized

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.