Teen hopes to make the journey from orphanage to Oak Grove

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Photo courtesy of Heidi Rhoades
Gabriel Ruiz rides a bike in front of the Majken Broby Children's Home on the island of Roatan.
Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
Gabriel Ruiz, a 16-year-old from the Honduran island of Roatan, will make the unlikely journey from a Honduran orphanage to Oak Grove School in August.
Ojai couple Heidi and Larry Rhoades traveled to Roatan during the summer of 2015 with their teenage son, Nate.
“Larry had always wanted to go to Roatan. I’m an adoption social worker and have done a lot of international adoptions, so I've always wanted to volunteer in an orphanage,” said Heidi. “We agreed we would go to Roatan for a few weeks and I would find an orphanage that we could also volunteer at.”

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