October 28, 2021

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MARYLAND – Bello Machre is pleased to announce the award of a $116,500 grant from the Phillips Charitable Foundation. This funding will be used as the down payment for Bello Machre’s next state-of-the-art, fully-accessible home, which will be named in honor of Howard W. Phillips, Jr., the namesake of the Phillips Charitable Foundation. Located in Hanover, MD, the property will be the forever home for four adults in critical need of accessible housing. An open house and dedication will follow in Spring 2022.

Bello Machre CEO Dr. Robert Ireland comments, “I can’t thank our friends from the Phillips Charitable Foundation enough for their continued generosity. Thanks to their support, Bello Machre will be able to welcome four more adults in critical need of loving care and support into a new, wheelchair-accessible home next spring.”

Eileen Gross, founder and president of Phillips Charitable Foundation, says, “Bello Machre is the gold standard in delivering services to children and adults with developmental disabilities. Phillips Charitable Foundation is honored to be an engaged partner by funding a variety of programs Bello Machre provides. Funding The Phillips Home in honor of my dear friend Howard W. Phillips, Jr. provides a living tribute to his generosity and is a great honor for all of us at the Foundation. We wish the future residents of The Phillips Home nothing but happiness living there.”


Pictured left to right: Dr. Robert T. Ireland, Bello Machre President & CEO; Alexandra Crowley, Phillips Charitable Foundation Board Member; Tracy Lynott, Bello Machre Development Director; Eileen Gross, Phillips, Charitable Foundation President, Board Chair; Jennifer Good, Phillips Charitable Foundation Vice President, Board Member 

About Bello Machre

Bello Machre, founded in 1972, means Home of My Heart in Gaelic. It is a non-profit organization with offices in Anne Arundel and Carroll Counties, MD, that provides a lifetime of loving care, beautiful wheelchair-accessible homes, and community support to people with developmental disabilities. Many of the people supported live in its 50 community homes located throughout Central Maryland. Bello Machre also provides personalized care and support to hundreds of children and adults in their own homes. The Hertha and Jesse Adams Ray of Hope Program offers assistance with expenses such as specialized summer camps, physical therapy, and adaptive equipment. The Bello Machre Meaningful Day Program provides vocational and community-based adult day services, supported employment, and/or recreational, educational, and social opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. Our highly trained and caring staff provides residential respite care during family hospitalizations, emergencies, and vacations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Bello Machre is here to help, empowering people with developmental disabilities to live life to its fullest.

About Phillips Charitable Foundation

Phillips Charitable Foundation, Inc. is a private charitable foundation founded in 2016 by Eileen Gross at the request of Howard W. Phillips Jr. Mr. Phillips was a 1944 graduate of Landon School and a 1950 graduate of Lehigh University. He remained an active and engaged Alumni for both institutions until he passed away in November 2016. He was successful in business, leading the second generation of his family’s business ventures in insurance and real estate investments. He was smart, generous, and driven.  He had a love for history and collected many historical treasures throughout his lifetime. He had a talent for solving problems which contributed to his business success.

2018 marked the inaugural year for Phillips Charitable Foundation grants. Like Howard Phillips Jr., they focus on solving problems. Their mission is to support charitable organizations that provide a genuine impact in the lives of others by solving problems and removing obstacles, leading to lasting solutions. They target problems where government interventions are not sufficient and where economic and educational markets have failed to bring solutions. Through their philanthropy they aim to bring measurable improvements in the prosperity, health, and vitality of people and communities.

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