Our History

Bello Machre has been nurturing, teaching, and caring for people with developmental disabilities for over 40 years. 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 who came through our doors asking for help. We were founded by a group of parents who wanted better lives 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, Glen Burnie, Maryland.

I’m proud to be associated with a unique group of people who give their hearts and souls to support people with developmental disabilities.”
— Robert T. Ireland, President & CEO of Bello Machre
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Bello Machre Main Office / Campus Location

Our name is pronounced: Bĕllō Mah-cree and our organization was founded by parents in 1972.




Bello Machre Ground Breaking 1971

Ground breaking at the Freetown Road Campus in Glen Burnie, Maryland.


70s Bello Machre's Freetown Campus

Bello Machre opened four homes on the Freetown Road Campus.


Bello Machre opened its first community home.


Established the Bello Machre Trust Fund.


1984 Bello Machre's First Golf Tournament

First Annual Golf Tournament – Sponsored by The Sunset Restaurant & Lounge.


Bello Machre opened its 25th Community home.


1991 Flag Day Parade

1st Annual Every Step Counts Event known as the Flag Day Parade-A-Thon began. Today Every Step Counts raises over $125,000.


Bello Machre launches its Support Service Program providing in-home supports to families.


Opened the first retirement home dedicated to the care of seniors with developmental disabilities.


Completed major renovations on the five campus homes including the addition of full kitchens in each.


2000 respite center

Opened the Respite Care Home in Glen Burnie, Maryland providing emergency and temporary care to individuals in the community.


2001 Bello Machre Campus

Anne Arundel County donated previously leased land to Bello Machre’s campus program.


Bello Machre received its largest planned gift from Hertha and Jesse Adams Trust providing $45,000 annually.


Bello Machre opened its 50th community home.


Graduated our first Specialized Certified Nursing Assistant Class.


2009 Bello Machre Campus

Purchased 3.2 acres adjoining the campus property for future growth and development.


2011 New Home Accessible

Designed and opened a new, fully-accessible home with state-of-the-art equipment and features in Glen Burnie, Maryland.


2013 Crest Lane

Expanded services in Carroll County, Maryland, with the purchase of a community home that will serve four people with developmental disabilities.


The Nina & Patsy Sage Home on Kentucky Avenue was dedicated through the generosity of Tom & Norma Hoff.


Established the Bello Machre Meaningful Day Program providing individualized day services, supported employment, and community-based opportunities.


Received the largest corporate gift in the history of Bello Machre from Exelon’s 2018 iTee Charity Golf Tournament.