Nate Rhodes

Oxnard Nate’s Place Wellness Center Honoring Ojai Graduate

Ojai residents Heidi Allison and Larry Rhodes plan to continue their son Nate Rhodes’ business by opening a health center for young people with substance abuse and mental health problems.

Graduate of Nordhof High School, Nate Rhodes He died in January after a car accident in Oxnard. The 21-year-old was a certified fitness trainer who used his talents to help others.

The nonprofit organization his parents set up in his name, Nate’s Place, will provide peer support coaches for recovery, counseling, therapy, and an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting venue for teens and young adults ages 13 to 25.

Alison said her son would be humbled by the effort to make Nate’s Place a reality.

“We have all these volunteers, all these Nate friends. People are really excited to help,” Allison said. “They really loved him. What’s so funny that Nate was such a humble guy. He’d be like, ‘What the heck?’ Then he will go pump iron.

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