As our world gets more and more divided, Villa continues to reach out and embrace people of all nations, faiths and backgrounds.
Atlanta can be an intimidating city, especially for international visitors working long hours in unfamiliar surroundings. Finding a place to live can often be a daunting experience. Being able to afford housing, when a month’s rent is often more than a guest’s entire annual salary, can be a deal breaker. On the other hand, the work of Villa’s guests is essential to promoting the health and wellness of the world. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us that it is vital to invest in the global public health work force. Villa provides a safe home for public health professionals who are building their skills at the CDC or Emory's Rollins School of Public Heath to prevent, detect and respond to infectious diseases wherever they occur in the world. For example, many Villa guests specialize in diseases such as Covid-19, the Zika virus, Ebola, HIV-AIDS, malaria, and rabies. They learn, practice, and develop new protocols in organ transplants, treatment of Parkinson’s disease, lab techniques, and statistics. They go home with new cures, new immunizations, and new health management skills for the populations of their countries. In addition, they add their research to the greater body of knowledge that is shared throughout the world. With the support of Villa, guests realize their dreams of bettering their lives and making an impact on health and well-being in their countries. Since our doors opened in 1972, we have hosted over 26,000 residents from 179 countries.
Please help us continue our important mission today!