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Bello Machre Opens New Home – A Model of Accessibility

PRESS RELEASE 
Date: April 20, 2009

Contact: Tracy Lynott – Director, Development
443.702.3016 email: tlynott@bellomachre.org

Bello Machre Opens New Home – A Model of Accessibility
 
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MARYLAND: Bello Machre will hold its Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of its newly remodeled Brookwood Road Home Wednesday, April 29, 2009 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.. The ceremony will take place rain or shine at 8328 Brookwood Road, Millersville, MD 21108.
 
This community event will bring together neighbors, state representatives and dignitaries, board members, local businesses, and employees. Dr. Robert Ireland, President and CEO, commented, “This new home represents the future for people with developmental disabilities and complex medical needs, enabling them to age in the comfort and security of their Bello Machre home.”
 
The project, which added a 1,500 square foot addition to an existing Bello Machre home, is state-of-the-art and a model of accessibility. The ADA features throughout the home include a wide-open great room, a state-of-the-art bathing system, barrier free lifting system, and the fully accessible kitchen, bathrooms, and over-sized bedrooms make it easy to maneuver a wheelchair. 
 
This unique endeavor was developed in cooperation with the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Community Development Administration, and the Maryland Disability Law Center.
 
Our community partners who helped make this project possible include architect Karen Pitsley, Empire Builders, Gavigan’s Home Furnishings, Absolute Fire Protection, Dimensional Health Care Associates, and our many friends and supporters. 
 
The Brookwood Road home project represents a new beginning for some of its senior citizens. The life expectancy of individuals with developmental disabilities has doubled in the last 25 years. In the past, many of those Bello Machre served spent their last years in nursing homes. Michelle Bathras, Vice President and COO commented, “The Brookwood Road home allows our folks the opportunity to age in a familiar place surrounded by people who know and love them.”
 
Bello Machre, which means Home of My Heart in Gaelic, was founded in 1972, is a not-for-profit agency that provides loving care, homes, and support to hundreds of individuals and families within our community. The agency employs over 300 skilled people and manages 54 homes in Anne Arundel County and one in Carroll County. Bello Machre serves children and adults with developmental disabilities, without regard to race, religion, gender, or national origin – is an equal opportunity employer and provides a drug free workplace. Bello Machre – changing lives heart by heart – will your heart be next?
 
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