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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
Galloway Animal Hospital
Hollywood Animal Hospital

Health Care
Florida Linen Services at Jackson South Community Hospital
Oliver-Pyatt Centers
Sodexo at Aventura Hospital

Law Firms
Goldberg & Rosen, P.A.
Holland & Knight L.L.P. Miami & Ft. Lauderdale
Trujillo, Vargas, Ortiz, & Gonzalez, L.L.P.

Double R Vending
Kmart of Key Largo
Publix Supermarkets
Target of Miami - Flagler
Whole Foods Market – Pinecrest & South Beach

Hospitality and Recreation
Hyatt Regency Downtown Miami
John Phillips Property Management
Loews Miami Beach Hotel
Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne
Turnberry Associates at Aventura Mall & Courtyard by Marriott
YouFit Health Clubs

City of Doral
City of Miami
City of Miami Beach
City of Hialeah
North Bay Village
Village of Pinecrest

Chartwells at Barry University
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School

Clerical and Administrative
Brightstar Corporation
GSK Advisors
H.I.G. Capital
LNR Property LLC
MasterCard Worldwide
Value Store It

Entertainment and the Arts
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
Britto Central
Miami Marlins
Museo Vault
Niche Media
Park West Gallery
Royal Media
Sports Memorabilia
Service Systems Associates at Zoo Miami

Food Service
Independent Purchasing Cooperative
Joe’s Stone Crab Restaurant
LongHorn Steakhouse
Swine Table & Bar Restaurant
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:
Law Firms or any office environment
  • Child Care
Hotel and Food Services
Hospitals and Skilled Nursing Facilities 

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 or her job, without creating additional work for the employer.
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?
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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