The Best Buddies Living program represents one of our organization’s four key mission pillars, Inclusive Living. This program fosters an integrated experience for people with and without IDD to become active, contributing citizens who live independently in a dynamic environment where they can learn, grow, and thrive.
Best Buddies is currently operating two Living residencies. These residencies are located in Westwood, CA and Washington, DC. For more information on those locations, please see below.
Best Buddies Living is elevating the mission to meet the significant need for inclusion by establishing a residential living experience for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their peers.
The Best Buddies Living program supports inclusion by:
- Developing programs that foster an opportunity for residents to experience living with friends and colleagues. Programs include weekly shared meals, fitness classes, cultural events, holiday parties, social activities, and sports
- Providing a dynamic and enriching environment that encourages independent living, life-changing relationships, and professional growth opportunities
- Matching people with and without IDD in a residential experience providing a supportive environment that encourages full-time or part-time employment
The residence is located in Westwood, California only minutes away from the UCLA campus. It is a 5 bedroom/5 bathroom residence with 3 large communal areas, state of the art entertainment system, built-in barbeque, laundry area, 2-car garage, pool, and gorgeous back yard. Each room is full-furnished with its own bed, desk, nightstand, and TV. Located within minutes of shops, restaurants, coffee shops and grocery stores in Westwood. Each resident will have their own room with a closet and bathroom.
The residence is located in the NoMa neighborhood of Washington, D.C. steps from Union Market and in close proximity to Catholic University. It is a luxury apartment building with space for 10 residents in 3 co-living apartments with private bedrooms, private or shared bathrooms and a shared kitchen and communal space. The building offers a 2,000-square foot gym, rooftop infinity pool and lounge, 24-hour concierge and access to a co-working space. Each room is fully-furnished with its own bed, closet, desk and nightstand. Adjacent to NoMa-Gallaudet U Metro Station, grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops and Union Market, the residence’s location provides easy access to many of local amenities.