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Bello Machre Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Group Homes, Human Services

Mission: Our mission is to enrich the lives of people with developmental disabilities through loving care, guidance, and opportunity so that they can live life to its fullest.

Programs: Bello machre enriches the lives of children, teens, adults, and seniors with developmental disabilities through loving care, guidance, and opportunity so that they can live life to its fullest. Bello machre has expanded services in challenging economic times adding more than eight people to its residential and support services programs. 64,300 days of residential care and 14,516 days of in-home and community supported living arrangements were provided as well as over 13,175 hours of in-home support services to families and individuals. Bello machre opened two new fully-wheelchair accessible homes in anne arundel county, maryland, and completed a major renovation/expansion of an office building adding ten new offices and training space to further accommodate the continued growth at bello machre. Grants, which totaled $138,570, through the community foundation of anne arundel county, kathy & jerry wood foundation, civitan of glen burnie and annapolis club #177, maryland energy administration, anne arundel county government office of the county executive, pnc foundation, northrup grumman, and severn savings bank helped bello machre provide emergency services and equipment, install generators for the individuals to shelter-in-place, install new energy efficient hvac systems, help with a down payment on a new home, and provide staff training. In addition, a grant from the department of housing and community development helped provide energy efficient equipment and weatherization in 33 bello machre homes in the amount of $163,500. In recognition of ten years of significant support of the adams charitable trust, bello machre named the ray of hope program, the jesse and hertha adams ray of hope program. This program helps families in our community including emergency services, reimbursement of expenses not covered by government or insurance programs, and assisted technology. Bello machre graduated two certified nursing assistant classes ensuring our individuals receive the best care possible while empowering our employees through higher education. By sharing their time and talents, volunteers continue to make a difference at bello machre completing over 2,711 hours. Bello machre welcomed 64 volunteer, interns, and service learners from the community as well as anne arundel community college, catonsville community college, towson university, and university of maryland-baltimore county.

individual support services (iss) / family support services (fss): responding to the overwhelming and desperate need for services to families and individuals in our community, bello machre helped over 22 children and adults through these two programs. Bello machre provided in-home support services or helped families obtain: emergency respite care, medical and adaptive equipment; camp and recreational activities; as well as helped with various other expenses not covered under insurance or governmental programs including speech, physical, and occupational therapies.

community support living arrangement (csla): bello machre provided loving care and support to 52 individuals with developmental disabilities living independently in the community. Based on the specific needs and challenges of the individuals, bello machre helped to develop individualized / personal plans and provided services including, supervised housing, in-home direct care, transportation, and adult living-skills training.

respite care: bello machre provided more than 834 respite care days providing loving care and support during family emergencies, hospitalizations, vacations, or simply as a get-away for the individual or his/her family. Highly-trained, caring staff provided respite care either in a bello machre home or in the familys own home.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am now a lifetime board member and also the mother of a Bello Machre resident. Bello Machre saved my life, my son's life and his brother's life. I worried about what would happen to my son if I was not around. That is something that Bello has taken off my shoulder's and his brother's. My son has never been so happy and contend as he is with his Bello family. My son does not talk but he will let me know in other ways if he is not happy. I can truly say that it is so wonderful to see that he has gotten so content with his Bello family that he is always ready to go back to his house. He loves to see me and the rest of the family but when it comes time to go back to his house he is ready. The services that Bello provides is the same as any family would provide for their family members and more. I am kept informed of the good things and also of any problems. My son is treated with respect and love. In "so called normal" families the love and respect is not always there, but with Bello it is the "normal".

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.