We are excited to officially announce the launch of the Best Buddies Living flagship residence in Westwood, California, thanks to longtime Best Buddies supporter and philanthropist, Richard Cohen.
Because of Richard’s love, spirit and genuine commitment to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), Best Buddies launched its fourth and newest mission pillar, Inclusive Living. The Best Buddies Living program will provide individuals with and without IDD the opportunity to live together in an integrated community that focuses on supporting all residents in accomplishing their life goals and dreams.
This is an incredible milestone for the organization. We can’t wait to open the doors of our Best Buddies Living residence on June 1, 2019, so that individuals like Richard’s son Austin will have the opportunity to live together in a vibrant community that supports all residents in advancing their employment, financial literacy, continued education and life skills as they work to achieve their personal goals. Located in Los Angeles in partnership with UCLA, this first house will create innovative residents, hire site-specific support teams, and pioneer ways to support individuals with disabilities and their peers.
The integrated housing model creates real inclusion through weekly group meals, social events, volunteer opportunities, and other activities. As the program expands, Best Buddies Living residences will continue to be near college campuses, cultivating mutually transformative relationships and growth opportunities for people of all abilities.
This is Best Buddies Living flagship residence and the perfect opportunity for current student leaders to immerse themselves in an integrated living experience with individuals with special abilities.
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
For more information about Best Buddies Living, please contact: Cynthia Bowles, Senior Director, Best Buddies Living at cynthiabowles@bestbuddies.
I am so grateful that you all are on this journey with us. What we have already accomplished together has been extraordinary but I know the best is yet to come. Let’s continue disrupting the status quo. Let’s continue making an even greater impact with our mission to eradicate the societal barriers for individuals with special abilities.
Together, we will change the world.
Anthony K. Shriver
Founder, Chairman & CEO
Best Buddies International