Alex Trebek donates $500K to build shelter for older homeless people

Alex Trebek donates $500K to build shelter for older homeless people
FILE PHOTO: Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek and his wife, Jean, donated $500,000 Wednesday to Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission, a Los Angeles homeless shelter. (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES — “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek and his wife, Jean, donated $500,000 Wednesday to Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission, a Los Angeles homeless shelter.

"(Alex and Jean) believe that homeless people are just ordinary people who have had bad circumstances happen to them, and deserve a helping hand, not judgment," the couple said in a statement.

Ken Craft, the nonprofit's founder, said the money will go to support the construction of a shelter in the San Fernando Valley called Hope Central, which will house older homeless residents, "Good Morning America" reported.

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This is not the first time the couple had donated to this charity.

Earlier this year, they gave $100,000 to help in the construction of a north Hollywood shelter, CNN reported.

Trebek was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer last year. He has vowed to keep hosting the long-running game show for as long as he is physically able.