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Malachi House, in the business of helping others, in need of help

Donations and volunteers impacted by pandemic
Malachi House
Posted at 6:14 PM, Mar 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-24 08:09:52-04

CLEVELAND — Malachi House is in the business of helping others, but now it’s the charity in need of help.

Malachi House opened its doors in 1988. Since then, more than 2,500 terminally ill homeless people with no place to go have found a home.

“Fr. Paul Hritz of St. Malachi parish, he started seeing people dying at his doorstep, in abandoned cars, underneath bridges,” explained Judy Ghazoul Hilow, Malachi House Executive Director.

Malachi House is a place for those in need to live out their final days. It is run solely on donations.

Last year, before the pandemic hit, $3 million was raised.

“This year, very little. We’re having trouble getting foundation money, having trouble with individuals donating like they normally do. Corporations — very little right now,” said Hilow.

The biggest fundraiser of the year for Malachi House is a concert with the Irish band The Merry Ploughboys. That fundraiser is now virtual on May 14, and instead of the usual raffle which sends the winner to Ireland, this year a car donated by Joyce Buick will be raffled off on Facebook May 18.

"Malachi House is extremely grateful for their loyal donors, but are now in need of expanding their donor base," said Emily Shumaker-Chupp, Marketing and Events Coordinator. “Even if it's donating $5 or buying a $10 raffle ticket."

Information about donating can be found on Malachi House website at

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