How Alex Trebek Is Giving Back to His Community During Its Time of Need
By Tess Farrand, Associate Content Editor
JEOPARDY! Host Alex Trebek and his wife, Jean Trebek, partnered with a North Hollywood homeless shelter to give back to their community.
The couple announced the opening of the Alex and Jean Trebek Community Room on July 2.
The community room will offer temporary housing for homeless men and women in the Los Angeles valley area.
“I’m not one of those people who thinks that we can’t deal with the homeless near my house because that’s bad. I don’t feel that way,” Trebek told ABC. “I wish more people would react in a positive way to reaching out and trying to help their fellow member of the community.
The Alex and Jean Trebek Community Room is the centerpiece of the San Fernando Valley’s first A Bridge Home facility.
The North Hollywood facility will temporarily house 25 females and 60 males and their pets. The Trebeks donated $100,000 to this facility and another $500,000 to Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission for another shelter that will open in 2021.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said the facility helps the homeless “become folks who we know are human beings and can feel that humanity again.”
“The goal of A Bridge Home was very simple – to put A Bridge Home shelter in every one of LA’s 15 council districts and deliver the services they need to save their lives now,” said Garcetti.
Trebek says the mission is close to his heart.
“I was delighted to come out here today because it’s so important to Los Angeles and in particular, the Valley. As I pointed out, Jean and I are Valley people,” Trebek added.
Trebek is battling pancreatic cancer but has been vocal about living his life to the fullest and how he doesn’t fear death.
In addition to his philanthropic efforts, Trebek plans to return to JEOPARDY! When restrictions lift from COVID-19.
For more on LA-area Bridge Homes, click here.