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“I am proud to be associated with such a unique group of people who give their heart and soul to support people with developmental disabilities.”
— Robert T. Ireland, CEO Bello Machre

History

For over 40 years, Bello Machre has been nurturing, teaching, and caring for people with developmental disabilities. At Bello Machre, we open new doors and make dreams come true.

Our history is rich in success, compassion, and dedication. We have helped thousands of people with developmental disabilities that came through our doors asking for help.

Through grass roots fundraising, parents wanted a better life for their sons and daughters than institutional living. With no services or resources available – they started Bello Machre and built the first home at 7765 Freetown Road. 

Year Milestone
1971 GroundBreaking1971Ground breaking at the Freetown Road Campus in Glen Burnie, Maryland. 
1972 70sFreetownCampusBello Machre opened four homes on the Freetown Road Campus
1980 Bello Machre opened its first community home
1981 Established the Bello Machre Trust Fund
1984 FirstGolfTournamentFirst Annual Golf Tournament – Sponsored by The Sunset Restaurant & Lounge
1989 Bello Machre opened its 25th Community home
1991 FlagDayParade1st Annual Every Step Counts Event known as the Flag Day Parade-A-Thon began. Today Every Step Counts raises over $125,000
1994 Bello Machre launches its Support Service Program providing in-home supports to families
1996 Opened the first retirement home dedicated to the care of seniors with developmental disabilities
1998 Completed major renovations on the five campus homes including the addition of full kitchens in each
2000 timeline-respitecenterOpened the Respite Care Home in Glen Burnie, Maryland providing emergency and temporary care to individuals in the community
2001 CampusOverviewAnne Arundel County donated previously leased land to Bello Machre’s campus program
2003 Bello Machre received its largest planned gift from Hertha and Jesse Adams Trust providing $45,000 annually
2004 Bello Machre opened its 50th community home
2007 Graduated our first Specialized Certified Nursing Assistant Class
2009 CampusPropertyPurchased 3.2 acres adjoining the campus property for future growth and development
2011 NewHomeAccessibleDesigned and opened a new, fully-accessible home 
with state-of-the-art equipment and features in Glen Burnie, Maryland
2013 CrestLane1Expanded services in Carroll County, Maryland,
with the purchase of a community home that will serve four people with developmental disabilities