Alex Trebek’s name and legacy lives on through the Trebek Center, a new homeless shelter serving the Los Angeles area.
The facility opened on 12 May in the area of the former Northridge Roller Rink Skateland. According to the Los Angeles Daily News, his widow, Jean Trebek, was there for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Dear “Danger!” The host died in November 2020 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
The shelter has 107 beds and will help people find permanent accommodation.
The Trebek Center also includes the Trebek Library, the Los Angeles Daily News reported.
“We all know that homelessness is complicated,” Jean said. “There is no one way to go on the roads. There is no single intervention that ends homelessness. But there is only one solution and that is love. To support another is to love another and the transformative power of support will surely be known on this site. ,
Services provided by the site to residents include hot meals, showers, case management, mental health services, substance abuse treatment, employment counseling and permanent housing placement services.
Residents will be allowed to stay at the center till permanent accommodation is obtained.
Ken Craft, founder of Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission – which runs the new shelter – revealed that the first person to visit the complex will arrive next week.
“This center will be a life-changing centre, a chance for people to get a second chance at life, to dream anew, to ignite their vision and to start over,” said Craft.
TMZ reported that most of the mission’s funding came from a $500,000 donation the Trebek family made in 2021. He had received permission from Trebex before the game show host passed on to use the cash for the Trebek Center.
Los Angeles City Council member John Lee said that by opening the facility, the city is “taking the necessary steps to counter what is happening on the streets of our city.”
Lee said it was hard to lose the famous roller rink, which was forced to close in March 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, that he is grateful for the shelter.
“Losing something that was so incredibly valuable to us, with so many incredible memories, was not an easy pill for people to swallow,” he said.
Almost a year after Trebek’s death, Jean opened up about her late husband’s life and career.
“Alex was my dear husband and my best friend. Like most long-term relationships, we had our ups and downs, but the truth of it was that we were very close and experienced a lot of life together,” Jeanne said. told Eden magazine last October.
She continued, “Looking back, the fact that I didn’t recognize Alex as an ‘icon’ was a gift. We were equal partners in a marriage, and just like any normal couple we had our own to deal with. There were issues of personal development.”