(From left to right): Dr. Robert T. Ireland, Bello Machre President & CEO; Eileen Gross, Phillips Charitable Foundation President; Jennifer Good, Phillips Charitable Foundation Vice President; Tracy Lynott, Bello Machre Development Director

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MARYLAND – Bello Machre is pleased to announce the receipt of a $45,000 grant from the Phillips Charitable Foundation.

Dr. Robert Ireland comments, “I can’t thank our friends from the Phillips Charitable Foundation enough for their continued generosity. This grant will help people with developmental disabilities throughout Maryland funding two critical programs at Bello Machre – Respite Care and Residential Start-up Costs.”

Eileen Gross comments, “Respite Care funding provides families with reliable, well trained professionals to care for their family member during emergencies, such as hospitalizations of the caregiver. Dignified living has also been a major focus for the Foundation this year. Providing individuals who come to live at Bello Machre with the funding for start-up items they need like bedroom furniture, toiletries and bedding will enable them to begin their new life with the support they need and the dignity they deserve.”

Respite Care – this funding will help provide families a break from caregiving during family emergencies, such as hospitalizations. Respite care helps provide relief so caregivers have time to rest and take care of their own health.

Residential Start-up Costs – this generous grant will also help fund start-up costs for six new individuals coming to live at Bello Machre. Many people come to Bello Machre are an emergency placement because of an unsafe situation, aging caregiver, or homelessness. Others find a pathway to residential services through Bello Machre’s Support Services program. This funding will help purchase unfunded personal items like bedroom furniture, toiletries, bedding, towels, equipment, etc.

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. 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, removing obstacles, and leading to lasting solutions. They target problems where government interventions are not sufficient and economic and educational markets have failed to bring solutions. Through their grant giving they aim to bring measurable improvements in the prosperity, health, and vitality of people and communities.

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 in-home support to people with developmental disabilities. Many of the people supported live in its 60 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 camp, physical therapy, and adaptive equipment. The Bello Machre Meaningful Day Program provides vocational and community-based adult day services, supported employment, and/or recreational, education, and social opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. Trained and caring staff provides residential respite care during family hospitalizations, emergencies, and vacations—24-hours a day – seven days a week. Bello Machre is there to help with what is needed, empowering people with developmental disabilities to live life to its fullest.