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October 27, 2010

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October 27, 2010

As parents of a profoundly disabled son, our involvement with Bello began before it became the wonderful entity that it has grown to be. It was a dream when the only available resources in the very early 60’s were the Health Dept. and state institutions. The need was so great and the civic response so large that Bello Machre was built in 1972 as a campus program with seven cottages, our son being one of the first clients to be served. Bello has always maintained a very committed Board of Directors (of which I served for ten years) and has placed the welfare of their clients first and foremost. My husband and I, and our son’s two siblings, could not have placed his care for almost 38 years in a setting that did not meet his needs, both emotionally and physically. Bello was pivotal in our ability to raise our children responsibly, pursue careers, maintain a loving home environment, and still be involved with our son, his program, his caregivers, and decisions regarding his health and well-being. In short, we owe more to Bello than we can possibly give back.

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Our experience is as personal as one can get with an organization - they have had the care of our son for almost 40 years. They (the director, staff, caregivers, aides) are like an extended family. Their care of our son is truly exceptional. We are connected to all facets of his life and have witnessed the results of this exceptional care. Our son is safe, happy, and has a truly better life than one could have expected with his disability.

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I would promote this organization to the best of my ability. Even the possibility of turning down one disabled person who would benefit from this program is heart-breaking. The growth of Bello is, in itself, proof of the value it demonstrates. We are not wealthy people by anyone's standard, and we have made Bello our charity of choice for many, many years. Bello Machre is deserving of everyone's magnanimous gifts.

October 27, 2010

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October 27, 2010

As both Chairman of the Board and parent of a Bello client, I have been involved with this organization for over 25 years. Bello has provided a wonderfully safe and thriving environment for our intellectually disabled/autistic son while allowing us the luxury of knowing he is well-cared for. Bello Machre, Inc. is a class-act agency from its top administrative levels to its direct hands-on staff and we feel lucky to have found it.

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October 27, 2010

My internship at Bello Machre was an amazing experience. I learned so much from the staff and the individuals. Evette was such a pleasure to work with. She really does a remarkable job bringing the community together. At the Kurtch house I witnessed the staffs unconditional dedication. They treated the individuals as if they were family which is what makes this agency so amazing and different from the rest. I would definitely recommend this agency to anyone looking to volunteer and individuals with disabilities.

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My daughter who is 3 has Quad CP. I contacted Bello to see if we could get assistance to help us pay for my daughters adaptable chair. Janice, who was also great to work with, came to our home to meet our family. She helped me fill out the necessary paper work and within a few weeks we were able to purchase my daughters chair.

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I would suggest more advertising/fundraisers/networking. Whenever I mention Bello Machre not many people have heard of it.

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October 27, 2010

The Volunteer Center For Anne Arundel County has partnered with Bello Machre and its Aktion Club on volunteer projects in Anne Arundel County. It has been great to include volunteers of all abilities in service to others. Bello Machre supports its clients in so many creative ways and makes sure they are a full part of our community.

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introducing its Aktion Club members to community service projects

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clone the wonderful staff

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October 27, 2010

I've grown up around Bello Machre for all of my life. For about 20 years, my mom has worked there, and I have spent lengthy amount times at Bello doing volunteer work and enjoying the people there. I've organized a high school, national honor society committee with them, and all my friends and peers that get to see the results of Bello: ecstatic, comforted, healthy, developmentally-disabled adults, have absolutely fallen in love with the great work of this organization as well. Bello helps save lives of thousands of developmentally-disabled adults, who might not otherwise be in the loving homecare and lifestyle that they attain with Bello.

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My work, my family, my school- everywhere I'm at. I worked at business that works with many of the Bello Machre individuals to give them jobs and activities during the day. I really enjoy seeing Bello Machre groups at my work. My mother does the Newsletter with Bello Machre, and I get to see the happy faces in all the pictures she's taken of Bello Machre groups. Even at my school, in a special education class I aid in, I've talked with parents who are ecstatic about the results of Bello Machre.

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Help add more homes and spread the great work of Bello Machre across more parts of Maryland.

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October 27, 2010

I have known the staff and volunteers of Bello Machre for over 20 years. The board of directors is well diversified and includes family members of consumers and consumers as well. The Executive Director and staff are a caring, sensitive group of people entrusted with providing for the residential needs of adults of all ages. They are superlative. I contribute to this organization and believe that my money is well spent.

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many ways including board experience, golf sponsorships, working aroung the residences, attending functions with consumers and staff and talking to state of Maryland staff about Bello.

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I would obtain sufficient funding to increase the number of clients served and dramatically reduce the Maryland waiting list.

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October 27, 2010

My experience with Bello Machre spans decades. This organization has been unwaveringly consistent in its focus on serving the needs of the individual first. A big part of this is creating a family atmosphere. To do that, you have to have qualified, dedicated and long serving staff & volunteers and this is where Bello Machre shines. We have two family members served by Bello Machre. They've been in weddings, gone on family vacations, and simply been a member of the families of staff. It's like they have their own families. So many individuals with developmental disabilities don't have the opportunity to experience this natural part of life. That our family members have had this opportunity is pretty miraculous and such a blessing. It would not have happened without Bello Machre.

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Seeing the difference in my family members who live in Bello Machre homes.

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Can't think of a thing.

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