About Vista Hermosa Foundation

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Our mission

 

As a private family foundation, our mission is to “Serve, Encourage, and Educate Children and the Under-Served in their Spiritual, Community, and Human Development.”

We draw our name from the Vista Hermosa community, which was birthed out of the call of Broetje Orchards to serve children in need.

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Our history

 

We started out as a nonprofit childcare center. As families came to the farm in search of work, they were separated from extended family members and had no safe places to leave their children during the day.  Providing childcare services on site served a two-fold purpose: bringing peace to working parents who knew their children were safe; and offering a nurturing learning environment for children to grow and flourish, and to fulfill God’s dream for them in the world.

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In 1990

Ralph and Cheryl Broetje built the Vista Hermosa community, complete with housing, convenience store, community center and chapel.  When the first residents moved into the brand new homes, they held a contest to choose the name for their new community.  They chose Vista Hermosa — ”beautiful view” — acknowledging the spirit of the place, grounded in a feeling of safety, peace, and tranquility.

Over the years, this community has been home to thousands of children and families and has served as a model for how to nurture long-term healing and reconciliation in people’s lives.

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In 2018

We moved out of the Vista Hermosa community to Pasco, WA, and transferred most of the community programming to the new farm owners.  We continue to carry the legacy of that place with us as it guides how we invest in partners working in communities around the world.  We ask:

  • Where are the children and are they safe?
  • What is their access to education and vocational opportunities?
  • How are they being prepared to be mindful leaders in their communities?
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Our staff

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Suzanne Broetje

Executive Director

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Guadalupe Broetje

Scholars Coordinator

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Ivone Guillen

Immigration Outreach

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Sara Hedlund

NELA Interventionist

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Susan Dobkins

Programs Director

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Jennifer Porter

Program Officer 

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Larie Beck

NELA SEL Coordinator

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Paul Martinez

NELA Assistant

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Darilyn Hackett

NELA Principal

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Jesenia Hernandez

Program Assistant

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Flor Romero

NELA Teacher

Our staff

20201030-Centros-Headshot-web-1

Suzanne Broetje

Executive Director

Susan-Dobkins-Programs-Director_web

Susan Dobkins

Programs Director

Guadalupe-Broetje-Scholars-Coordinator_web

Guadalupe Broetje

Scholars Coordinator

20200717-CollegiumStaff-Web-28

Jennifer Porter

Program Officer

20200717-CollegiumStaff-Web-18 (1)

Jesenia Hernandez

Program Assistant

NELA Portraits-7

Sara Hedlund

NELA Interventionist

20201030-Centros-Headshot-web-1

Ivone Guillen

Immigration Outreach

20201001-VHF-NELA Portraits 2020-8

Darilyn Hackett

NELA Principal

20201001-VHF-NELA Portraits 2020-7

Flor Romero

NELA Teacher

20201001-VHF-NELA Portraits 2020-13

Larie Beck

NELA SEL Coordinator

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Paul Martinez

NELA Assistant