Community Room at North Hollywood homeless shelter named for Alex and Jean Trebek

Longtime “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek and his wife Jean have made contributions to local homeless shelters and on Thursday the community room at a new North Hollywood facility was named for them.

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES (Excerpted from KABC article,Tuesday, July 7, 2020 12:48PM) — San Fernando Valley residents for over 30 years, Alex and Jean Trebek have witnessed the growing homeless crisis firsthand. Now they’re giving back to their community in a big way.

“I’m not one of those NIMBYs,” the longtime “Jeopardy!” host said. “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. 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 women and 60 men 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.

The facility helps the homeless “become folks who we know are human beings and can feel that humanity again,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said.

“And 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.

The Trebeks believe that the homeless are just ordinary people who have had bad circumstances happen to them and deserve a helping hand, not judgment.

“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,” said Trebek.

An additional A Bridge Home facility will open in Sylmar on Friday and another will open in Van Nuys in August, 2020.

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Los Angeles Daily News: Sheltering the Homeless, New NoHo Bridge Shelter

Ken Craft, of Hope of the Valley, shows on Monday, July 6, 2020 Hope of the Valley’s NoHo Shelter, an 85-bed Bridge Housing shelter set to open this week inside a North Hollywood warehouse. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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A placard printed with the word “hope” went up this month on a nondescript manufacturing building, tucked at the end of a long driveway on an industrial road in North Hollywood.

The sign is one hint that in less than a week’s time, a 24-7 homeless shelter will open its doors in the San Fernando Valley, where before there had only been one such year-round shelter.

Partly visible from the road, at 13160 Raymer St., the sign reads “Hope of the Valley” on closer inspection, revealing the name of the nonprofit tasked with operating the shelter.

Behind the walls of the building, mattress beds equipped with their own nightstands and storage cubbies, bathrooms with curtained-off shower stalls, and three meals a day will await 85 people looking for a new start, as early as Thursday.

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