Ojai residents Heidi Allison and Larry Rhoades plan to proceed their son Nate Rhoades’ work by opening a wellness middle for youths combating substance abuse and psychological well being points.
A Nordhoff Excessive College graduate, Nate Rhoades died in January after a automobile crash in Oxnard. The 21-year-old was an authorized health coach who used his skills to Help others.
The nonprofit his dad and mom created in his identify, Nate’s Place, will present peer help restoration coaches, counseling, remedy and a spot for Alcoholics Nameless conferences for teenagers and younger adults age 13 to 25.
Allison mentioned her son can be humbled by the hassle to make Nate’s Place a actuality.
“We have all these volunteers, all these friends of Nate’s. People are really motivated to Help,” Allison mentioned. “They really liked him. What’s so funny is Nate was such a humble guy. He’d be like, ‘What the heck?’ Then he’d be off to go pump iron.”
Rhoades’ dad and mom are planning a fundraiser Sunday with live performance performances and meals for buy at Nordhoff Excessive College to boost Money for Nate’s Place.
Rhoades, who graduated Nordhoff in 2019, overcame drug habit to develop into a health coach.
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On Jan. 20, Rhoades’ automobile crashed round 10:15 a.m. right into a semi-truck that was making a U-turn on Victoria Avenue close to Doris Avenue in Oxnard, in accordance with the Oxnard Police Division. Rhoades died 5 days later and have become an organ donor.
Oxnard Police Division Cpl. Mike Wooden mentioned on Tuesday the case is being reviewed by the Ventura County District Legal professional’s Workplace for any prison prices. No additional info was launched. An lawyer from the district lawyer’s workplace didn’t reply to a request for remark.
Final week, the Ojai Metropolis Council proclaimed Sept. 25 as Nate Rhoades Day.
Rhoades was “an inspirational young man that our community lost too soon,” mentioned Councilman Randy Haney, including he “overcame a series of challenges to Help others and continues to do so through his legacy.”
Mayor Betsy Stix added that “by the end of high school, Nate was a personal trainer at a local gym and spent hours encouraging other youth, especially those who had recently become sober and was an inspiration to everyone who knew him.”
Ventura singer and songwriter Kyle Smith, Rhoades’ former peer restoration coach, will headline the three p.m. fundraiser along with his mixture of reggae and rock. Tickets are $20. Spencer Makenzie’s may also have meals for buy.
“Our goal is to try and fill the stadium. Nate played football there for four years so it has some real meaning and all proceeds are going to Nate’s Place,” Allison mentioned.
Different performers embody singer and actress Emily Ricks Hahn, who will carry out “First Friend,” a music written about Rhoades. Nate’s childhood good friend Kaiona Reyes, who goes by KNG.KAI, will carry out a music referred to as “Nate’s WRLD.”
The wellness middle will probably be positioned at 3840 Channel Islands Blvd. at Fisherman’s Wharf in Oxnard.
Allison mentioned after some repairs to the constructing they may transfer in on Nov. 1 and open on the finish of January. A passenger van was not too long ago bought to switch at-risk youngsters from Ojai to Nate’s Place twice every week and as soon as through the weekend, she mentioned.
Nate’s Place has partnerships with Nordhoff Excessive College and Oxnard Union Excessive College District, Allison mentioned.
The wellness middle additionally has a partnership with Ventura County Medical Middle Dependancy Clinic for medical exams and medication-assisted therapy, Allison mentioned.
“This fall we’re going to be hiring peer recovery coaches and doing training, and we’re in need of donors,” Allison mentioned.
On Oct. 8 at Walter Moranda Park in Port Hueneme, there will probably be a Nate’s Place pickleball fundraiser with hopes to make it an annual occasion, she mentioned.
A ping pong match can be tentatively scheduled in December.
Allison mentioned she’s assured they may have purchasers as a result of they’re reaching out to low-income residents.
“We’re really hoping to get some bigger donors,” Allison mentioned. “Maybe they have a family member or someone who has been touched by addiction or organ transplants.”
Allison mentioned individuals who wish to get therapy can use Medi-Cal funding or pay a low-cost payment.
Along with providing counseling, Nate’s Place may also provide weight lighting, music and artwork remedy, billiards, mountaineering, kayaking and ping pong.
For extra info, go to natesplacewellnesscenter.org or name 805-628-2552.
Wes Woods II covers West County for the Ventura County Star. Attain him at email@example.com, 805-437-0262 or @JournoWes.