Walking Alongside Immigrant Communities
Since the early 1980’s, the Broetje family has sought to understand people and their stories. This has included the migration stories of thousands of people who came to work on the farm at Broetje Orchards.
As people shared their stories of fear, violence, and economic instability in their countries of origin, we felt called to do more than provide jobs and housing. Over the years, the insights gained from working alongside these growing and diversifying communities has shaped a vision for community building that supports people’s overall well-being and development.
Today, we work at three levels to address pressing topics related to US immigration -- at the national level, at the US-Mexico border, and in our local, Tri-Cities region.
Our Advocacy at Three Levels
Since the mid-1990s, we have partnered with organizations working at the national level to involve business and faith communities in education and advocacy aimed at 'welcoming the stranger' -- the immigrants and refugees who contribute to the richness and diversity of American life.
In response to ongoing needs at the US-Mexico border, in 2020 we awarded grants to a limited number of organizations working to relieve suffering, provide respite and educational support to migrants and asylum seeks, and mobilize efforts for more just and humane migration in the region.
Our newest initiative seeks to build on our deep history with the immigrant community in the Tri-Cities region. Through deep listening and learning, we are actively working to understand the current advocacy landscape, create new relationships, and seek ways to accompany our immigrant and refugee neighbors at home.
We are also committed to building bridges with the broader community to foster greater inclusivity and understanding so that all may thrive.
For more information about our local engagement, contact Ivone Guillen, our Immigrant Outreach Manager, at IvoneG@broetjefamilytrust.org