Bello Machre Inc

Rating: 5 stars   17 reviews

Issues: Human Services

Location: 7765 Freetown Rd Glen Burnie MD 21060 USA

Mission: Bello Machre, Inc., which means Home of My Heart in Gaelic, provides homes and support to children, teens, adults, and seniors with developmental disabilities.  Our mission is to enrich the lives of those we serve through loving care, guidance, and opportunity so that they can live life to its fullest. The organization was founded in 1972 by family members of individuals with developmental disabilities. For over 37 years, Bello Machre has been committed to providing outstanding support and loving care. Guided by a highly respected management team that has 100 years of combined experience in the field of developmental disabilities, Bello Machre provides residential, in-home support, and respite care services to more than 300 people. Naturally, these services are provided regardless of age, gender, ethnic background, religion, level of disability or any other characteristic protected by law. 
Programs:

1. Residential Programs provide homes, support, and loving care to over 160 individuals with developmental disabilities, enabling them to participate in all aspects of community life. Campus Living, Community Living, and Family Living programs vary slightly from one another but allow individuals to live with others in residential homes, providing all with a loving and nurturing environment.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The people at Bello Machre from the directors to the volunteers put their hearts and souls into creating fantastic homes and programs for all of their clients. I feel the warmth, love and caring every time I am with any of their staff, and it is reflected in the faces of those they serve.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Working with the staff on many projects, they are "big-picture" thinkers with the goal of helping as many people as possible. We have achieved some amazing results in my years of working with Bello!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of a thing I would change!

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

The need for a theraputic bathtub for a newly renovated home for residents.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

To fulfill a need.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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.

 
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