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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)

Adrienne Arsht Center
Lucky Strike Lanes Miami Beach
Miami Marlins
Niche Media, LLC
Royal Media Partners
Sports Memorabilia
Service Systems Associates at Zoo Miami


Aventura Hospital
Independent Purchasing Cooperative
Joe’s Stone Crab Restaurant
Levy Restaurants at Marlins Park
Publix Supermarkets, Inc. (Store #00794)
Sodexo at Barry University


Baptist Health South Florida
Oliver-Pyatt Centers


Courtyard by Marriott
Florida Linen Services
Hyatt Regency Downtown Miami
Loews Miami Beach Hotel
Turnberry Associates at Aventura
Youfit Health Clubs


Brightstar Corporation

City of Hialeah
City of Miami Beach

City of Pinecrest
Goldberg & Rosen, P.A.
Holland & Knight LLP (Miami & Ft. Lauderdale)
Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine, P.L.

MasterCard Worldwide


Trujillo, Vargas, Ortiz, & Gonzalez, LLP

Value Store It


Kmart of Key Largo (Store #9614)
Target of North Miami Beach
Whole Foods Market – pinecrest
Whole Foods Market – South Beach


St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School
What types of jobs are the Best Buddies Jobs participants looking for?

BBJ participants are looking to work in a many different areas. Here are some typical places:
Law Firms or any office environment
  • Child Care
Hotel and Food Services
Hospitals and Nursing Homes
  • Anywhere!!

Why should YOU work with Best Buddies Jobs?
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 job, without creating additional work for the employer
Hiring a person with a 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?
BBJ puts you in contact with a pool of qualified and enthusiastic candidates
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
Phone: (305) 374-2233 ext. 342
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