Now, four months after Trebek’s death, Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission has announced that a large roller skating rink in Los Angeles that shut down during the pandemic will be transformed into a 107-bed facility to help combat the homelessness crisis.
The name of the facility — which breaks ground on May 15 and opens in December — will be the Trebek Center.
The initial funding for the new facility came from a $500,000 donation from Alex Trebek and his wife, Jean, People reported. The donation was made shortly before Alex Trebek died from pancreatic cancer in November 2020, CNN reported.
The Trebek family was at the ribbon-cutting on March 25, according to the official “Jeopardy!” Twitter account. When the Trebek Center opens, it will provide residents with mental health care, job training and substance abuse counseling, Los Angeles Magazine reported.
“I know how proud Alex was of their mission,” Jean Trebek said at the unveiling, according to a CBS affiliate in Los Angeles. “He was so deeply grateful to be a part of the solution, to always lend a helping hand by offering both hope and practical assistance to those in need.”
This isn’t the first time Trebek has financially contributed to the homelessness crisis. Last year, the late “Jeopardy!” host also donated $100,000 to a facility designed to temporarily house people in need, People reported.
”I’m not one of those people who thinks that we can’t deal with the homeless near my house because that’s bad,” Trebek said at the time, according to People. “I don’t feel that way.
“I wish more people would react in a positive way to reaching out and trying to help their fellow member of the community,” he continued.
The news of the Trebek Center comes about a month after a large portion of Trebek’s wardrobe was 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 Deseret News previously reported.
“During his last day on set, Alex extolled the virtues of everyone opening up their hands and their hearts to those who are suffering,” Mike Richards, the executive producer of “Jeopardy!” said in a statement, according to the Deseret News. “Donating his wardrobe to those who are working to rebuild their lives is the perfect way to begin to honor that last request.”