Alex Trebek, the host of hit-show- Jeopardy, has been open about his struggle with cancer, and now he and his wife have just helped open a housing facility for the homeless.
The newly opened “Alex and Jean Trebek Community Room” established near his Hollywood neighborhood will give temporary housing to 25 women and 60 men who are homeless.
The Trebeks believe that homelessness occurs to normal people in bad circumstances and they deserve to be helped and not be judged.
“I’m not one of those people who think that we can’t deal with the homeless near my house because that’s bad,” the game show host said. “I don’t feel that way. I wish more people would react in a positive way of reaching out and trying to help their fellow members of the community.”
The facility allows the homeless to “become folks who we know are human beings and can feel that humanity again,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said. The “Alex and Jean Trebek Community Room” is part of the “A Bridge Home” program which was started in 2018.
“Bridge housing” provides temporary housing for homeless people and residents who move in must find permanent housing before they leave.
— MayorOfLA (@MayorOfLA) July 6, 2020
“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,” Garcetti added.
The Trebeks have donated more than half a million dollars towards it and now the 15th shelter opened in North Hollywood on July 3. They have also donated funds for the “Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission” shelter which plans to open in 2021.
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I’ll take living legends for $1,000 Alex! #alextrebek and his wife Jean have donated $600,000 to #LA homeless shelters and had a community room named after them on Thursday in #northhollywood They’ve lived in the San Fernando Valley for 30 years and wanted to give back to help the most vulnerable in their community #homeless #LosAngeles #jeopardy
“We feel it is incumbent upon people like us…to start putting back into the system to help those who are less fortunate because when you do that, you help unify the community, the society,” Trebek said.
A wonderful initiative by Alex Trebek and his wife to help the homeless people in the country, let’s also continue to uplift Alex Trebek in prayer and ask God in His mercy to heal him completely of his cancer.