The Trebek Center: Skateland to Hopeland
In response to the humanitarian homeless crisis in Los Angeles, and more specifically, the lack of Interim Housing beds in the northwest San Fernando Valley, Hope of the Valley recently purchased the 23,000 sq. ft. Northridge Roller Rink called Skateland. The site, for the past 60 years has been a family recreation center for Valley and Southern California residents. The recent pandemic made it impossible for the owners, Mike and Dave Fleming, to continue operations.
Hope of the Valley reached out to local City Councilmember John Lee for support on the project. After evaluating the opportunity, Councilman Lee said he would fully support the project and ask that the project become part of the Mayor’s “A Bridge Home” initiative, thus securing a major portion of funding for the renovation.
With the support of the Trebek Family, Beachbody, Shepherd Church and other individual donors, the Mission successfully raised the necessary $2 million dollar down payment on the $7 million dollar purchase. The finance the project, First Republic Bank provided the Mission a $3 million dollar 30-year mortgage and a $2 million dollar bridge loan.
Four Ways You Can Help
1. Sponsor a Room
The Trebek Center will have 107 cubicle bedrooms for residents. Each cubicle can be sponsored, with naming rights, for $5,000 each. Room sponsors will also receive a limited edition commemorative t-shirt with a special quote from the late Alex Trebek and artwork by Ryan Murray.
2. Become a Plank Sponsor
Skateland to Hopeland, skate floor preservation: To honor and celebrate the 60 year legacy of Skateland and its owners, the Fleming Family, Hope of the Valley will construct a special wall at the center out of roller rink wood planks. For $500.00, each sponsored plank will have the donors name etched into the wood! If you have fond memories skating at Skateland, be sure to sponsor one of the wood planks!
3. Become Part of the Trebek Tribute Wall
The Trebek Tribute Wall–In order to purchase Skateland, Hope of the Valley secured the $7,000,000 property with a $2,000,000 down payment. First Republic Bank provided the mission a $3,000,000 (30-year) mortgage plus a $2,000,000 bridge loan that must be repaid in 12 months. To help fund the Trebek Center and pay off the bridge loan, we are asking donors, Foundations and Corporations to make pledges and gifts towards the Trebek Tribute Wall which will be in the form of the Jeopardy Wall. The Trebek Tribute Wall will be prominently displayed at the main entrance of the facility. Major gifts of $10K, $25K, $50K, $100K, $250K and $500K+ will have their own Jeopardy Wall square memorializing their generosity and support for the late Alex Trebek and the center that honors his legacy and bears his name.
Bed-in-a-Bag–Any time we open a new shelter, we need to purchase two sets of bedding for each bed. The cost of a bed-in-a-bag is $50.00.