The former host of Jeopardy! was beloved by many, and he’s now receiving recognition for his work in the form of The Trebek Center.
Alex Trebek served as the host of Jeopardy! for 36 years, until he sadly passed away on November 8, 2020. Trebek held many causes near to his heart and was particularly concerned with a growing issue: the homeless population.
According to a video shared by the Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission, Trebek and his wife donated two generous sums to the organization, $100,000 and $500,000.
Now, to honor Trebek and his generous donation, and serve a cause he deeply cared about, the Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission announced they’re opening The Trebek Center, a 107-bed facility to house the homeless.
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According to TMZ, the facility will act as “bridge housing,” being a temporary home for those working to get off the streets and find permanent housing.
The Trebek Center is being converted from a 23,000-square-foot rollerskating rink located in Northridge, California. They’re expecting to begin the conversion on May 15, 2021 and are hoping to open by December 2021.
As TMZ reported, The Trebek Center is only possible thanks to the $500,000 donation from Trebek and his wife. While that donation was “the cornerstone” of the project, the Hope of the Valley also received $2 million in donations from other donors, including Beach Body and Shepherd Church. Additionally, the organization received government funding to aid the completion of the center.
According to TMZ, The Trebek Center will act as more than just a place for the homeless to sleep at night. The center will also offer residents plenty of services, including mental health services, substance abuse counseling, and job training and placement.
What an amazing way to honor such a wonderful man! Trebek is dearly missed, but at least his work is still living on and making a positive impact in the world.Whizzco