The legacy of Alex Trebek goes far beyond Jeopardy! In fact, it’s transcending his mortal life as his work continues to impact others today.
In a post made on Friday, March 26, Jeopardy! announced that the next step for the Trebek Center for the homeless had been taken. The family of Alex Trebek cut the ribbon on the center on Thursday.
Alongside a photo of the family, Jeopardy! also shared a caption.
“On Thursday afternoon,” the caption begins. “The Trebek family gathered for the ribbon cutting of the new Trebek Center for the homeless in Northridge, funded from Alex and Jean’s generous $500K donation to @hopeofthevalley.”
The Los Angeles Daily News reported that Trebek was a passionate fighter against homelessness throughout his life. Further, the $500,000 donated was used for the down payment towards the mortgage loan of the building, which was a $7 million purchase.
The project has been undertaken by Hope of The Valley Rescue Mission. The chair of the board for Hope of the Valley, Theresa Jackson said that while it used to be a familiar location for rollerskating, it now takes on a much bigger role.
“(But for the)107 people who will be living here, this is their home,” Jackson said. “It’s more than entertainment for them.”
Renovations to make the building fully operational are expected to start in April, and will take close to half a year.
Wife of Jeopardy! Legend Alex, Trebek, Jean, Also Adds a Comment
In addition to the update from Jeopardy!, Jean Trebek also spoke on the endeavor.
“Knowing that we were able to help create a place of refuge for so many,” Trebek said. “And to support people who need a helping hand is the main goal of The Trebek Family Foundation and is truly a dream come true for both Alex and I.”
Truly a special endeavor, coming from a special group of people. Here’s hoping the center can be finished as quick as possible.