Homeless shelter named after “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek opened up

The name and legacy of Alex Trebek lives on through a new homeless shelter, the Trebek Center, serving the Los Angeles area.

The facility opened May 12 on the site of Northridge’s former roller rink, Skateland, and his widow, Jean Trebek, was present at the opening ceremony, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

The beloved “Danger!” host died in November 2020 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

The shelter has 107 beds and will help people find permanent housing, provide services and get in touch.

The Trebek Center also includes the Trebek Library, the Los Angeles Daily News reported.

“We all know homelessness is complicated,” Jean said. “There is no single way onto the street. There is no single intervention that will end homelessness. But there is only one cure and it’s called love. Supporting another is loving another, and the transformative power of support will surely be known by this point.”

Services the site will provide residents with include hot meals, showers, case management, psychiatric services, substance abuse treatment, employment counseling and permanent housing services.

Los Angeles, CA - March 12: People tour the Trebek Center in Northridge on Saturday March 12, 2022.  The soon-to-be-opened Trebek Center is a 23,000-square-foot bridge shelter built on the site of the former Skateland roller rink and is named for one of its key benefactors, Jeopardy host Alex Trebek.  The center is operated by The Hope of the Valley.  (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/MediaNews Group/Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images)
The homeless shelter was formerly the home of Skateland roller skating rink. The area was closed due to the corona pandemic.
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Residents are allowed to live in the center until they have received permanent housing.

Ken Craft, founder of the Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission – which operates the new shelter – announced the first person to move into the complex will arrive next week.

“This center will be a life transformation center, a chance for people to have a second chance at life, to have renewed dreams, to ignite their vision. And start over,” Craft said.

Much of the mission’s funding came from a $500,000 donation made by the Trebek family in 2021, TMZ reported. They obtained permission from the Trebeks to use the money for the Trebek Center before the death of the game show host’s death.

A homeless shelter named after the deceased "Danger!" Host Alex Trebek opened Thursday at the former Skateland roller rink in Northridge.
The 23,000-square-foot facility houses 107 beds and offers a variety of services.
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Los Angeles City Council member John Lee noted that with the opening of the facility, the city is “taking necessary steps to combat what is happening on our city’s streets.”

Lee said that while it was hard losing the famous roller rink, which was forced to close in March 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, he was grateful for the shelter.

“Losing something that was so incredibly precious to us, with so many incredible memories, was not an easy pill for people to take,” he said.

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Trebek died of pancreatic cancer in 2020 at the age of 80.
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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 dearest friend. Like most long-term relationships, we had our ups and downs, but the truth was we were very close and lived together a lot,” Jean told Eden Magazine last October.

She continued, “Looking back, the fact that I didn’t identify Alex as an ‘icon’ was a gift. We were equal partners in a marriage, and we had our own personal growth issues to contend with like any ordinary couple.”

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