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Best Buddies Florida Jobs Program
Best Buddies Jobs (BBJ) continues the integration of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) into the community through supported employment. The program helps individuals attain and maintain jobs of their own choosing by providing ongoing support and training, enabling people with IDD to earn an income, pay taxes, and work in an environment alongside others in the community. Since its inception, Best Buddies Jobs has placed more than 500 individuals in integrated employment positions.

Best Buddies Jobs is a program that matches skilled and qualified individuals with IDD with businesses who are searching for enthusiastic and dedicated employees.

Why are we different from other programs?

Our purpose is to work with individuals to locate and keep a job in the community. We have had great success in finding many different types of jobs in professional environments. Companies we work with range from law firms and other corporate environments to jobs in retail and luxury hotels.

What will Best Buddies Jobs offer you, the job seeker?

A chance to be included in choosing a job that you will enjoy doing, while having the opportunity to earn competitive wages and receive promotions.

Some of the companies that employ people through BBJ in Florida include:
Florida Employers (Miami-Dade and Broward Area)
Animal Services
Hollywood Animal Clinic

Communications
Royal Media Partners

Education
Sodexo at Barry University
St. Stephens Episcopal Day School

Finance
MasterCard Worldwide

Fitness
Youfit Health Club

Government
City of Hialeah
City of Miami Beach
Village of Pinecrest

Health Care
MedCare
Oliver Pyatt Institute
Sodexo at Aventura Hospital

Hospitality
Courtyard Marriott
Hyatt Regency
Service Systems Associates
The Ritz- Carlton Key Biscayne

Law Firms
Goldberg & Rosen, PA
Holland & Knight
Trujillo Vargas Ortiz & Gonzalez LLC

Retail
Aventura Mall
Double R Vending
Kmart of Key Largo
Sports Memorabilia
Target of North Miami Beach

Food Industry
Independent Purchasing Cooperative
Joes Stone Crab Restaurant
LongHorn Steakhouse
Publix
Swine Southern Table & Bar
Whole Foods Market

Sports/Entertainment
Adrienne Arsht Center
Lucky Strike Miami Beach
Miami Marlins
Ocean Drive Magazine

Telecommunications
Brightstar Corporation
Tracfone

Warehousing & Storage
Museo Vault
Value Store It
What types of jobs are the Best Buddies Jobs participants looking for?


BBJ participants are looking to work in many different industries. Here are some typical places:
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Law Firms or any office environment
  • Child Care
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Hotel and Food Services
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Retail
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Hospitals and Skilled Nursing Facilities 



Why should YOU work with Best Buddies Jobs?
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On-the-job training at the beginning of employment ensures that the employee is provided with the support and training to perform the necessary functions of his or her job, without creating additional work for the employer.
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Hiring a person with an intellectual disability adds diversity to your workforce.
  • BBJ staff can work with you to identify resources on tax credits to offset the costs of accommodations, if necessary.



How can Best Buddies Jobs help YOUR business?
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BBJ puts you in contact with a pool of qualified and enthusiastic candidates.
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BBJ provides individualized placement, on-the-job training and long-term support for employees with IDD.
  • BBJ staff is available to train your staff on a variety of disability-related topics such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
For more information, please contact: 


Lazara Ballester
Jobs Operations Coordinator / Lead Employment Consultant
E-mail: LazaraBallester@bestbuddies.org
Phone: (305) 374-2233 ext. 342
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