Vista Hermosa Community
Serving employees and families at the workplace
The Vista Hermosa community was established in response to the need for safe, affordable housing near the workplace. In 1990, the Broetjes invested $5 million from their business to build 121 single-family homes and apartment units. The first residents named the community "Vista Hermosa," which means "beautiful view."
Today the community is home to over 700 people, both year-round and seasonal. Residents access a wide range of programs and services designed to foster healthy, trusting relationships within families, develop personal gifts and talents, and establish a strong foundation for children’s formal education.
Main services include the following.
Year Round Housing
Permanent housing is provided for 152 families on 60 acres adjacent to field and warehouse operations. Residents themselves comprise the board of directors overseeing community operations. Any issues arising with families are addressed by this body of peers, ensuring that all residents feel some sense of ownership, safety, and accountability to one another.
Based on community input and needs, year-round staff offers the following services:
- Support and guidance for drug/alcohol abuse, domestic violence, and parenting problems
- Recreational activities, including team sports, youth programs, and community outings
- Volunteer opportunities to engage parents and youth
- Health assistance through Medical Teams’ mobile dental clinic, WIC, and the YWCA of Walla Walla
For those interested in staying for less than 12 months, seasonal and temporary housing for individuals and families is available. The Vista Hermosa community has 50 4-bedroom townhouse units available to rent as individual beds, bedrooms, or entire units. Rents are charged on a daily or weekly basis. No more than 2 individuals are allowed per bedroom, and 8 individuals per unit. Please call 509-749-2217 and ask for the Snake River Housing office to inquire about rental rates and bed/unit availability.
Our Spanish-style retreat house rests on the hill overlooking the community. It is a place for visitors to come, hold meetings and stay overnight. It accommodates up to 18 people comfortably. Amenities include:
- large living room/meeting room with fireplace
- full service kitchen and dining area - utensils and dishes provided
- two outdoor patios with space for meeting
Cost is $25 per person per night, or $15 per person for day use. Please bring a strong interest in learning about community development and how Christ is working in our rural, farm working community. To make reservations, please call 509-749-2217 and ask for the Snake River Housing office.
Orchard View Market
Orchard View Market provides residents easy access to basic commodities, fuel, and laundromat services. The store has a twofold purpose: efficiency and community service. It seeks to be a break-even entity while providing jobs to youth from the community.
Walla Walla Rural Public Library
The library is located in the community center and is open to the public.