Learn more about how we help families with special and medical needs.


Bella’s House of Hope addresses a critical need in our community, a need that typically falls between the cracks on the spectrum of social service programs. Single parents with children with special or medical needs often cannot get direct aid or support.

Many outlets for support are targeted towards the needs of the child, which does not address housing, therapy, and support for moms. A single mom faces many uphill battles, juggling time and scarce resources while trying to provide love and support for their child. Mix in the overwhelming specter of a child with long term special or medical needs, and you have a population in dire need of our community’s support.

“Bella’s House of Hope cannot do its work without the support of our amazing donors and fundraisers. Your financial support is the backbone of making our mission a reality, and we thank you for considering a donation to change the life of a special needs mom.”

Bella’s House of Hope inspires hope and provides a safe haven and community service support for single parents with children who have long term intellectual, developmental, and medical disabilities.

How It Works

We have developed a rigorous application process designed to identify parents that will fully benefit from our work. Our process is designed to empower a parent to become fully self-sustainable over a specific period of time. This process identifies personality traits, issues and concerns, current status, current needs and allows us to project future success of the applicant.

Each client receives certain benefits based on their entry level, and those benefits will tier down in roughly 90-day cycles based on results.

Clients are expected to receive benefits and support for up to one year. Following the one year “graduation” clients will have access to post-graduation benefits, like scholarships, advanced mentorship, and microloans. During year two and year three, clients support first-year parents by volunteering for the organization.

After an application is processed and identified as a viable candidate, the client will move into our assessment format. Here we conduct three separate interviews:

The first by our staff social worker, second by our staff Psychologist and third by our founder, Nadia. The application along with the assessment allows us to place the parent on the proper trajectory for success.

Our Values

Bella’s House of Hope believes that its corporate values set the tone for all the actions we take, from our direct contact with the families we serve, to our donors, business partners, and employees.

Click here to listen to our founder Nadia Gastelum and Kevin Robertson, our program advisor, speak about Bella’s House of Hope on U~T San Diego Radio.

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