A community development institution promoting spiritual wellbeing and service to the common good.
An experiential learning community around the teaching and practice of servant leadership development.
A grantmaking institution investing in safe, healthy families, mindful leadership and sustainable livelihoods.
Standing for Racial Justice and Systemic Change - a letter to our community.
Our founding story
We are a collective of three family foundations, birthed out of a visionary call to grow place-based communities of practice rooted in mutual healing, connection, and holistic transformation.
Collectively, these foundations hold in trust the legacy of Broetje Orchards and Vista Hermosa community, which, by serving as our learning lab for over 50 years, endowed us with the teachings and resources to grow our vision into the future.
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Some people’s health is greatly affected by foods and they live with dietary restrictions, such as not being able to tolerate gluten or dairy products. Serving in a way that shows those folks they are seen, heard, and loved has become a special passion for Cristy and she developed a gluten free cookie and is now trying out other recipes.
During the winter of 2020, NELA was a busy hive buzzing with activity, purpose, and plans. School was school, as it had always been in our small community, and no one could have imagined what was coming. From one day to the next, everything changed.