The late Alex Trebek, the beloved host of the Jeopardy game show, will become the namesake for a Los Angeles-area center addressing an issue that was near and dear to his heart: The homeless population.
The Trebek Center will convert a 23,000-square-foot rollerskating rink in Northridge, California, into a “107-bed housing facility will serve as what’s called ‘bridge housing’ — a bridge between the streets and permanent housing,” as TMZ reported.
That article went on to the say that this project, courtesy of Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission, was launched thanks to a $500,000 donation from Alex and his wife, and will break ground on May 15. Mission representatives are projecting a December opening for the facility.
The TMZ article notes that the Trebeks’ donation was crucial to the project, being “the cornerstone” that helped Hope of the Valley raise $2 million more, with Beach Body and Shepherd Church among the other donors. The project was also aided by L.A. City Councilman John Lee, who spearheaded efforts to raise $6 million in government money to add to the donations.
According to TMZ, “When it opens this December, Trebek Center residents will have access to a full array of onsite social services, including mental health services, job training and placement, and substance abuse counseling.”
The Daily Mail added, “The television personality’s donation was initially supposed to be used for a separate homeless housing facility, but he passed away before Hope of the Valley broke ground on the project.”
This isn’t even the first time Trebek’s estate has helped the homeless. As Tank’s Good News reported last month, hundreds of items from Trebek’s clothing collection were donated to the Doe Fund, an organization that “provides paid work, housing, vocational training, continuing education and comprehensive social services to underserved Americans with histories of addiction, homelessness and incarceration.
The game show host’s social media account noted that the show and Trebek’s family donated a “large portion” of his wardrobe to the non-profit’s well-known “reentry program” — Ready, Willing & Able — for beneficiaries to wear during job interviews.