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 partners and services include the following.

Snake River Housing, Inc.

Permanent housing for 136 families on 60 acres.  Residents themselves comprise the board of directors.  They meet to review rental rates, policies and procedures, and services offered in the community.  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

Mano á Mano 

Seasonal and Temporary housing for individuals and families.

Retreat House 

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:

  • six bedrooms with single beds and 4 full baths - linens and towels included
  • 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,  click here to contact Eva Madrigal, housing director.

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.