Who We Are

As a family foundation, our mission is to “Serve, Encourage, and Educate Children and the Under-Served in their Spiritual, Community, and Human Development.”

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We Are a Place-Based Community of Practice

Welcoming people into community, in a spirit of hospitality, compassion,  mutual support, and accompaniment

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We Are a Network of Servant-Led Communities

Mentoring a cohort of for-profit and non-profit organizations committed to common principles of healing and transformation

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We Are Strategic International Grantmakers

Investing in a select group of faith-based, community-led initiatives pursuing holistic wellbeing and an empowered worldview

Our Founding Story

For as the days of a tree, so will be the days of my people; they will long enjoy the works of their hands. They will be a people blessed by the Lord, they and their descendants.”

Isaiah 65:22-23

 

 

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Ralph and Cheryl Broetje established Broetje Orchards in 1968, when they first settled onto a small cherry orchard in Benton City, Washington.  As a teenager, Ralph had dreamed of one day owning an orchard and using profits to help children in need.  While the work of starting a business was slow in the beginning, and they endured many challenges and tests along the way, people came around them in those early years to help make the dream a reality.

 

In 1982, the Broetje family moved to our current location in Prescott, Washington.  The work remained focused solely on the growing of apples and cherries until 1987, when the decision was made to build our own packing line and shipping warehouse.  This made 100 new jobs immediately available — many of which were filled by women.  As we came to know these women, we began to hear more stories about their families.

 

As first generation immigrants from Mexico, they were strangers in a new land. Many were lonely and afraid, but they were also eager to find work. They had come with little more than the hope for a better life, for themselves and for their children. Upon arrival, they faced huge challenges — housing located in overcrowded and violent neighborhoods; lack of extended family to provide safe childcare; and high school drop-out rates hindering the potential of youth.

 

Reflecting on these needs, we established an on-site childcare center so that children would have a safe place to stay while their parents worked.  Next we built a housing community, including over 120 single-family homes and apartments surrounding a gym, chapel, laundry, and convenience store.  In 1991 the first families moved in.  Residents held a contest that first year and named the community Vista Hermosa — ”beautiful view” — acknowledging the spirit of the place, grounded in a feeling of safety, peace, and tranquility.

 

Over the years, Vista Hermosa has become a place for thousands of people in a strange land to call home for a time, while they go about the work of healing, discovering new or latent gifts, and incubating dreams for the future. In turn, many of our residents have gone on to become stabilizers and leaders in other communities.

 

Our community has also become a model and host for ongoing dialogue around how to build resilient, flourishing communities.  We have become part of a larger network of communities grounded in a spirit of compassion, acceptance, inclusion, and servant leadership.

Our Five
Core Values

LOVE.

God has destined us in love (Eph 1:4-5).
Live life as God’s beloved son or daughter.

RESPECT.

All people are created in God’s image (Gen 1:27).  Look for the good in all people, especially those now marginalized.

PURPOSE.

God has a purpose for the world and for every person in it (1 Cor: 12).
Help others discover and practice their purpose.

COMMUNITY.

Everything in the cosmos is connected (Col 1:15-20).
Teach, model and reward teamwork.

COMPASSION.

God rules with compassion (Lk 12:41-48).  Empower one another in service to the common good.

Our Team

Servant Leadership

Cheryl Broetje, Servant Leadership Director

Glenn Cross, Servant Leadership Manager

Nevresa Begonovic, Admin Assistant

 

Collegium Cafe

Rachel Gaddam, Collegium Cafe Manager

Abraham Regunta, Cafe Evening Program

Antonio Escalera, Facilities Manager

 

Programs

Suzanne Broetje, Executive Director

Eric Sobotta, Vista Hermosa Community Director

Guadalupe Mendez, Scholars Coordinator

Melanie Lopez-Grewal, Grants Coordinator