Vista Hermosa Community
The Vista Hermosa community was established in 1990 at Broetje Orchards to provide affordable housing options near the workplace for both year-round and temporary/seasonal workers.
In addition to safe, quality housing managed by Snake River Housing and Mano à Mano, 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.
Over 700 people reside in the community. Main partners and services include:
- Snake River Housing: permanent housing for 136 families on 60 acres. Year-round staff offers the following programs and services:
- Support and guidance for families and individuals dealing with such issues as drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, and parenting problems.
- Recreation and education programs, including ESL classes, evening homework assistance, access to computer lab and public library, health clinics, youth leadership programs, and team sports activities.
- Health assistance through partnerships with organizations like Medical Teams’ mobile dental clinic, WIC, and the YWCA of Walla Walla.
- Orchard View Market: convenience store, fuel, laundry mat, and commercial kitchen.
- Retreat House: offered for a small fee to visiting groups.
- Mano à Mano: seasonal housing with 108 beds in 18 units on 6 acres.
- Vista Hermosa Elementary: K-5th grade education. Jointly funded by Prescott School District and Vista Hermosa Foundation to complement academic coursework with a strong before and after-school program, music education, and servant leadership training. During the 2011-12 school year, 112 children were enrolled with 22 staff.
- Summer Programming: to engage youth in productive activities during the busy summer months. The 8-week Camp Vista elementary program and the 6-week Summer Youth Program served over 150 students in 2011.
- New Horizon Center: year-round care for children ages 1 month to 5 years old. The center provides extended care from 6am-5pm daily and on Saturdays as needed. In 2011, an average of 63 children attended the center with 19 staff.