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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Hope of the Valley in the News: New NoHo 85-Bed Bridge Housing Shelter

TMZ Breaking News: Alex Trebek–$500K to Combat Homeless Crisis

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CEO Ken Craft Speaks Out About Civil Unrest

Dear Friend of the Mission,

Every day at Hope of the Valley, by our actions, we speak up for the marginalized, mistreated and overlooked in our community which are disproportionately people of color. Stories of despair, racial prejudice and poverty are common themes. We see the effects of social injustice daily. The killing of George Floyd by Derek Chauvin, and allowed by other officers, was not only disturbing it was reprehensible. The horrific image of a man, a black man, crying out to breathe has created a visual image that I hope NEVER leaves our minds, motivations and conversations.

While I might not understand the journey of a person of color in America, I stand with them, Hope of the Valley stands with them and we stand against all police brutality and unnecessary force. I believe that all men are created equal by their creator and therefore black lives DO matter! We have a moral obligation to love and protect our neighbor!

Unfortunately, there are bad cops, but not all cops are bad. There are white racists, but not all white people are racists. As an organization that works closely with LAPD I have seen firsthand their strategic efforts to become a more racially diverse unit with ongoing diversity training and community engagement. They have come a long way since 1992, but WE ALL have a long way to go to rid ourselves of social bias and prejudice. Now more than ever we must seek to truly understand, value and support one another especially those who may not look like us. We must put UNITED back into the United States of America.

As a white man, I have undoubtedly experienced privilege in this life. As the Founder of a Rescue Mission I talk to people every day that started life at an extreme disadvantage enduring immeasurable suffering, trauma and pain. None of us can change the color of our skin or the circumstances of our birth or upbringing. No one should apologize for their skin pigmentation or past, but, as a society, we MUST be mindful of the ugliest of all sins, pride. The arrogance to think that somehow one group of people is better than another or less deserving than another is destructive and evil. God help us for not speaking up for our brothers and sisters who have been unfairly mistreated and persecuted.

As a Rescue Mission, we will continue to love and serve all people equally and pray for racial healing and social justice in our country and community. Our hearts and prayers go out to George Floyd’s family. As an agency we will continue to fight for equality.

If you have never watched this 5 minute video titled: Life of Privilege Explained, please take a moment and watch it….it changed my life and perspective giving me a whole new appreciation for others who have truly been less fortunate than me…I hope the video will do the same for you as we work together to level this playing field called life.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4K5fbQ1-zps

Ken Craft

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Covid-19 Pandemic: Message from the CEO

Friends of the Mission–

I expect many of you are feeling the impact of the current crisis caused by Covid-19. We see the disruption it has caused for the families of our staff and volunteers and the impact it has on our homeless brothers and sisters. As you are preparing to wait out this storm, we ask that you remember us. Our teams are working tirelessly to provide support and housing to the men, women and children without shelter in our community.

In addition to our family shelters and youth shelter, right now we are housing nearly 140 more people at our emergency shelter. It is now open 24/7 due to the weather and current outbreak.  At this time, there are no known cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) at Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission’s Administration office, our shelters, or any of our satellite locations. However, as I look across the cots in our emergency shelter I see many men and women advancing in age, their immune systems ravaged by their time on the streets. The impact this may have on this community is unthinkable. Hope of the Valley is their safety net. It’s the only place many of them can turn to.Our staff and resources are being stretched. We need your help today.

We ask that you pray for our teams and the men, women and children that we serve.

We also ask that you give. We have responded to this outbreak by extending our services to help more people. But we can’t do it without you. Please consider making a special gift to help us meet this crisis head on.

Thank you for your support and prayers during this challenging time for our guests, residents, volunteers and staff. Together we can provide hope and dignity for our neighbors facing homelessness and poverty.

 

 Until every person goes to bed full and safe,

 

Ken Craft

Founder/CEO

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