Vista Hermosa is a model for trauma informed community building, promoting an awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and a foundation for building resilience and holistic wellbeing.
The mission of Vista Hermosa is to provide a safe place where all are welcomed, empowered, and connected.
The community was established in 1990 and is home to over 700 year-round and seasonal employees of Broetje Orchards. Programs and activities are designed to nurture leadership development, spiritual well being, and service to the common good. In every aspect of life, residents are encouraged to find their voice, build connections, and share their gifts and dreams with one another.
Trauma Informed, Compassionate Care
The NEAR sciences teach us that, in the absence of protective factors, toxic stress impacts children’s developing brains, and thus their ability to positively engage and connect with others in community. Traumatic events and experiences that occur early in life (known as ACES, or Adverse Childhood Experiences) have an impact on health and social-emotional well-being throughout the lifespan. Examples of traumatic events include abuse, neglect, loss of a parent/caregiver due to death, abandonment, incarceration or divorce, and exposure to violence and substance use.
Resilence can be restored through building positive social connections in community. The Vista Hermosa Foundation invests in the following collaborative programs to nurture a safe, stable and caring environment for all community members, including children, parents, youth and adults, as well as staff members themselves.
New Horizon Early Childhood Education Center serves children ages 1 month through 5 years. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for all children so they may feel secure to explore new settings, interact with others, learn through play, feel valued as individuals, and identify their place in their community and the world around them. In this highly engaging, trauma informed environment, we have seen children excel socially and academically, recently boasting the highest kindergarten-readiness scores in the area.
NELA is a private, Christian school for grades K-8, where students are engaged in a high level of hands-on projects and individualized learning. NELA offers a small, safe environment designed for students to use their strengths and gifts as they grow spiritually, socially, and academically. As a community school, all residents are welcome to participate in before- and after-school programming, summer daycamp, and special events.
Community Programs and Events
In collaboration with staff of Snake River Housing, programs focus on relationship-building and leadership development. Youth programs build identity and belonging; adult education improves knowledge and skills related to physical health and literacy; social events celebrate culture and tradition, while weaving bonds of trust, respect, solidarity, and mutual accountability. Over time, families who have moved here have learned to heal broken relationships, discover their gifts, and build strong bonds in community.