Malachi House Summer 2019 Newsletter

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LETTER FROM THE CHAIRMAN AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR We are privileged to be able to continue to fulfill the vision and mission of Malachi House initiated by our Co-founders, Fr. Paul Hritz and Kaki O’Neill. It is difficult to see our residents come to Malachi House in their terminal state, many times with fear and confusion in their eyes. As the days and weeks go by, it is truly a blessing to witness their transformation as they smile, enjoy home cooked meals, feel a sense of family and engage with volunteers, hospice teams, staff and board members. The peace they ultimately experience is a result of the loving care they receive. Every day our team at Malachi House works together to improve our service to our residents and our community. Our top priority after resident care is to be good stewards of the generosity and support given to us by individuals, foundations, corporations and community partners. The ongoing commitment of each one of these groups enables us to deliver the exceptional care that Malachi House is known to provide. The Gund Foundation has generously donated the funds needed to launch a threeyear strategic plan to implement best practices to ensure even more effective use of our resources. They have also given us the opportunity to create a new, more informative and user friendly website. We look forward to presenting these and other new ideas to secure our mission for the future. Once again, thank you for your dedication and commitment to Malachi House.

L. Joseph Lee

Judy Ghazoul Hilow

Board Chair

Executive Director



So much love is shared at Malachi

The mission of Malachi House is one of compassion and love, which

House between our staff, residents,

drew me in immediately. I love supporting Malachi House in any way

their families and friends, our Board

Jacqueline Lee, Magnificat High School

and Associate Board as well as our

I can, including helping in areas of marketing and graphic design, to

dedicated volunteers Please join us

further support their mission of providing a loving home for the dying

in congratulating our 2019 Fr. Paul Hritz Volunteers of the Year:

JAN FILKILL Jan is a weekly

poor. I currently am a senior at Magnificat High School and intend to go on to study business, specifically entrepreneurship and marketing, centered around philanthropy. Inspired by many non-profits like

front desk reception

Malachi House, last year I founded the International Penpals Club at

volunteer for more

Magnificat. We have partnered with the Ugandan orphanage, Lliam

than 15 years, is typically the first smiling face visitors see upon entering Malachi House. She greets visitors, answers telephone calls,

Children’s Ministry, to help spread love, support, and understanding of how each of us can help touch the lives of others. With my sister Pilar, we are currently launching a business called “Kozies for Kids”,

and writes thank you notes. A retired

which will donate proceeds from our original designed coffee cozies

RN, Jan and her husband Ron have

to designated charitable organizations. Our first beneficiary will be

been married for over 60 years. Jan noted that she especially likes

to the orphaned children at Lliam Children’s Ministry in Uganda.

talking with residents who come to

This opportunity to assist Malachi House has provided me with an

sit with her near the front desk. “It is the reminiscing . . . many residents

experience that further enriched my heart and mind. I am extremely

and I have enjoyed conversations of

grateful to have been able to work with Malachi House, and I hope

‘remember when’ and ‘I remember

their journey continues with more beautiful memories and souls sent

that!’ It’s like summing it all up at the end of life.”

TOM BRANDT Tom has been a weekly kitchen dinner volunteer for 14 years. Married for 42 years to Jackie, Tom discovered Malachi House in a PLAIN DEALER article. “I read about Malachi House and a resident that really touched me.” A favorite memory is with a resident, Joyce, who loved Elvis Presley. “She was always in a wheelchair, but one day we had an Elvis impersonator visit and sing to Joyce. She was so overjoyed that when he sang her favorite song, she actually stood up from her wheelchair!”


Ann C. Lutz Kaki asked me if I would be willing to take a tour of Malachi House and of course I said yes. That was honestly the first time I realized how important Malachi House is to those we serve. To be able to give comfort, friendship and dignity to the dying homeless in their last days and weeks is so incredibly important and yet so often overlooked. That is why I am so proud to be a part of Malachi House and hope to be for a very long time. I lived in Rocky River for over 30 years but moved to the Clifton Park area of Lakewood about 3 years ago. I have been married to my husband, Vid for almost 29 years and we have two children, Vid, Jr. (22) who recently graduated from Vanderbilt University and will be moving to Chicago, and Mary (13) who will be a freshman at Magnificat High School in the fall. I have been a Financial Advisor with UBS Financial Services for 31 years. I work with private clients focusing on comprehensive financial planning and investment management. I also serve on the board of Vocational Guidance Services and am a member of St. Christopher Parish in Rocky River.

WELCOME TO OUR NEW STAFF MEMBER Koula Callas We are pleased to introduce Koula Callas as our new Volunteer Coordinator. Koula spent more than 3 years with Cleveland Clinic Hospice, during which she often visited Malachi House with the Cleveland Clinic hospice volunteers she supervised. Koula shared that she fell in love with Malachi House from the moment she stepped inside. She says that each morning she does not feel like she is going to work, rather, Koula feels like she is going to her friends’ home to provide some help to them. You can read more about Koula on our new and improved website, launching soon!

GERALDINE Great personality. Always wanted to teach the cook her recipes including her Jambalaya recipe. An avid dog lover, dancer and wearer of jazzy hats, Geraldine was full of love and light.

LYNN Loved it here. Crazy about her ice cream. She told me this place makes it very easy for her to relax. The atmosphere was calm and quiet and she felt at peace here. She was a very sweet, brave lady who I felt liked the simple things in life. She will truly be missed and will forever be a part of Malachi House.

LOUISE When I think of Louise, I remember how much she loved orange soda. She was very independent and gracious and was so excited when Santa came for a visit.

YOLANDA Very sweet. Always grateful and kind, from the moment she came here. Best moment was when our Caregiver colored her hair, she was so funny, showing it off!!! George and Yolanda became really good friends. He would have his family bring food and he would share it with her. They were always smoking buddies!

LIST OF VISITORS AND SUPPORTERS Adiare Petticore, Reimagine Ann C. Lutz, UBS Anna Ediger, Cleveland Cliffs Audrey Nutter, Kent State Univeristy Baird Financial Group Baldwin Wallace Big Hearted Blossoms Bob Cahen, AFP Bob Rensel, Dave Dawson, and Garrett Ormiston, Gardeners of Greater Cleveland Clare Brim, Community West Foundation Cleveland Clinic Dave Mooney, 107.3 David Walker, FORM Dr. Christine Marsick Fuchs Mizrachi School Hawken School Holy Name Church Judy Bartel, Bill Finn, Lisa Tomm, Hospice of the Western Reserve Jacqueline Lee, Magnificat High School Karen Thompson-Shaheen, Abington Foundation Kate Brown, MetroHealth Foundation Katie Boland, Eliza Bryant Key Bank, Neighbors Make a Difference Day Leon Sampat, LS Architects Lynne Robbie, Cornerstone of Hope PNC Bank Robin Dunn, Blossom Bingham Foundation St. Angela YOSA St. Basil’s Brecksville St. Edward High School St. Ignatius High School St. Leo the Great Church St. Raphael’s School St. Richard’s Church Steve Tryon, Eagle Security Taryn Kaplan, Ohio GuideStone Thom Sivo, Thom Sivo Photography Threshold Choir Toby Blossom, Huntington Bank Tom Gill, Urban Community School Ursuline College Walsh Jesuit High School




9/6: Annual Meeting 9/28: Malachi House Birthday


10/1: Feast of St. Therese Mass 10/19: Annual Benefit, Shower of Roses


11/9: Associate Board OSU Watch Party


Adopt a Resident Program 12/6: Lights for Life Event

JANUARY 31, 2020

Merry Ploughboys, Benefit Concert

MALACHI HOUSE 2810 Clinton Avenue Cleveland, OH 44113 (p)216.621.8831 (f )216.621.8841


Malachi House, created out of a Christian sense of ministry, serves persons who are terminally ill without regard to gender, race, religion, or national origin and without cost to the resident or family. This home ministers to individuals who need an available caregiver, who have limited or no financial resources and are in need of special home care in the final stages of life. A trained staff and volunteers provide spiritual, emotional, and physical support with the assistance of a hospice team.

MALACHI HOUSE WISH LIST ESPECIALLY NEEDED Laundry Detergent (only “HE” liquid detergent. Our new washers require “HE,” High-Efficiency laundry detergent. Trash Bags (tall kitchen 13-gallon) Trash Bags (30-gallon) Sugar (single-serve packets for coffee/tea) Creamer (unflavored, powdered, single-serve packets for coffee/tea) Paper placemats (white, 10” x 14” for our meal trays – GFS carries these) Fruit Juices (bottled): (Apple, Grape, Orange) Grocery Store Gift Cards (Save-A-Lot, Giant Eagle, Dave’s Supermarket) Gift Cards: Home Depot, Walmart, Staples™ First-class Postage Stamps OFFICE SUPPLIES Printer Cartridges: Canon 210 & 211 Canon 240 Black / 241 Tri-Color HP 61 Black / Tri-Color HP 902 Black / Tri-Color Multi-purpose Copier Paper (8 ½ x 11, white, 20-lb., not 3-hole punched) HOUSEHOLD Napkins (plain white, dinner-sized) Dishwasher Detergent (liquid – no powder or pods) Dishwasher Rinse Aid (liquid – no powder or pods)

FOOD | Please, no commercial-sized containers Cake Mixes & Frosting, Cookie mixes, Brownie mixes Soda Pop (cans – no diet: Coke, Pepsi, Ginger Ale) Coffee (Regular or Decaf, ground) Broth: chicken, beef and vegetable Fruit (cans) Hot Cereal – Oatmeal, Cream of Wheat, Grits Cold Cereal – Cheerios, Frosted Flakes Jell-O (plain – no fruit pieces) / Pudding Snack Cups Ketchup, Mustard, Mayonnaise Pasta, Egg Noodles Soups (cans – especially Tomato, Chicken Noodle) Spaghetti Sauce Sugar, Granulated & Brown Tomato Sauce Tomatoes (cans) Tuna / Chicken (cans) Vegetable Oil, Vinegar, Vegetable Oil sprays (like Pam) Vegetables (cans) – Green Beans, Peas, Carrots, Spinach (no corn, please) Ensure/Boost nutritional drinks (vanilla/chocolate) Gravy (jars/cans/dry mixes) Spices: Pepper, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder QUESTIONS? Email us at


CO-FOUNDERS Fr. Paul Hritz (1923-2013) Catherine “Kaki” O’Neill BOARD OF TRUSTEES L. Joseph Lee Chairperson John Schriner Vice-Chairperson Jeffrey D. Neuman, CPA Treasurer Donna M. Skurzak Secretary Laura J. Hoeksema, MD, MPH Medical Director Matthew A. Becker Joseph C. Granzier Kevin M. Kelly Diane C. Kennedy Patricia F. Krewson, Esq. Ann C. Lutz Jonathan Onk Anthony Rinaldi, Esq. James J. Roop Shareefah Sabur, MA, MNO, CDP, GPCC John J. Sullivan ASSOCIATE BOARD David Amos Co-Chair Michael Kelley II Co-Chair Patsy Coughlin, Esq. Steven Dieringer, CPA Bryan Evans, Esq. Meghan Hanrahan John P. Hausman Brendan Heil, Esq. Brian Johnson Elizabeth Kalfas Taryn Kaplan Erika McLaughlin Stephanie Ristau EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Judy Ghazoul Hilow Malachi House is a 501(c)(3) Corporation

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