Vista Hermosa community offers a safe, welcoming place for employees to build supportive relationships and raise thriving families near the workplace.
The Vista Hermosa community was established in 1990 and is home to over 700 residents, including both year-round families and seasonal employees.
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 others.
Trauma Informed, Compassionate Care
Our small, rural community is full of diverse family experiences as people have migrated in search of work and moved children in and out of homes and schools. Meeting people where they are, we seek to incorporate an understanding of how toxic stress affects individual’s capacities at different stages of life.
The NEAR sciences teaches 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. Our staff works to provide a safe, stable and caring environment for all community members through intentional programming. Following our Theory of Change, we nurture collaborative partnerships around the following programs and activities. Collectively, these programs build resilience and work towards the holistic development of people in community – building their sense of spiritual well being, health, vocation, connection, and voice.
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-12, where students are engaged in a high level of hands-on projects and learning. NELA offers a small, safe environment designed for students to use their strengths and gifts as they grow personally and academically. As a community school, all residents are welcome to participate in before- and after-school programming, summer daycamp, and adult education classes. Parents are actively engaged as well in volunteer and leadership roles to nurture the gifts and call of each individual in community.
All children of Broetje Orchards employees and graduates of Jubilee Leadership Academy are eligible to apply for scholarships to pursue higher education. The goal of this program, however, is more than about obtaining a degree. We seek to accompany youth on a path of spiritual growth as they work to discover their gifts and passions, explore who they are uniquely created to be in this world, and set a course for their lives. Students are supported in this efforts to live and serve in community as they pursue their studies and develop the skills to live out their true vocation and call.
Community Engagement and Leadership Development
In collaboration with our two housing entities — Snake River Housing and Mano a Mano — staff focuses on relationship-building and leadership development with a goal towards greater self governance. Because many of our residents are immigrants from a variety of places, social bonds are weak and trust is low. Our youth coordinator organizes youth groups, mentoring relationships, service learning projects, and leadership development. Our activities coordinator schedules volunteers for such activities as sports teams, field trips, and Friday movie nights. Our community health promotora mobilizes small groups to lead cooking classes, educational workshops, early childhood education, health fairs and other events.