God’s Shelter Of Love Founder Ardena Hunter Retiring

Formerly homeless Daytona man overcoming odds, putting life back together | News-JournalOnline.com

Its building falling apart and its first director gone six months after opening in 1991, God’s Shelter of Love needed a whole lot of faith and determination to keep going. Fortunately, Ardena Hunter had both in great supply. Board President Harold Batthauer said no one worked harder or longer over the years than the shelter’s founder and volunteer administrator, so hard that she’s finally succeeded in working herself out of a job. Hunter, 82, plans to retire July 31. She’s firm, but fair, Batthauer said. It has taken that kind of person to deal with all kinds of residents we get in. A widow with grown children, Hunter used the time she had to recover from foot surgery to help a group of churches start God’s Shelter of Love, having quit a bookkeeping job with the intention of starting her own business designing home interiors for built-ins. To this day, she can’t forget what she saw on her daily trips downtown to the bank and post office while working for Craftmasters Inc. It was so apparent people were living on the streets, she said. But Hunter admits she didn’t really know what she was getting into. I thought (my involvement) was going to be six months or a year, she said. I just figured everybody would give all they could to a shelter. I didn’t realize you had to sell people on it.
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One of his Florida cousins was a preacher, and he said that relative convinced him to practice a type of Christianity that he now feels was cult-like and close-minded. The religion forbade alcohol, and he said mostly out of fear he quit drinking from 1985 to 2002. I felt like an outsider all the time, Davis said. I was trying to please my cousin. I was a dry drunk. I never felt comfortable in my own skin. I wasnt drinking because I couldnt. In 2002, he decided to come to Daytona Beach to work a temporary job at Daytona International Speedway over the July 4 weekend. He had always loved NASCAR, and thought hed be cleaning up in the garage and meeting drivers. It turned out he cleaned up in the parking lot, and when the races ended and the drivers went home, he had no plan of what to do next.
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Fill the Fridge food drive aims to gain perishables – WQOW TV: Eau Claire, WI NEWS18 News, Weather, and Sports

This is the third attempted robbery at a Mega Holiday gas station in Eau Claire within two weeks. More >> Police say a man entered the Holiday gas station on Cameron Street on Friday night and displayed a weapon. This is the third attempted robbery at a Mega Holiday gas station in Eau Claire within two weeks. More >> Segura leaves Brewers after infant son’s death Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jean Segura is returning home to the Dominican Republic after the death of his 9-month old son. More >> Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jean Segura is returning home to the Dominican Republic after the death of his 9-month old son. More >> Invasive weed found near roadsides can lead to burns You can find it along most road sides and open fields but if you get too close it can leave you with a nasty burn. More >> You can find it along most road sides and open fields but if you get too close it can leave you with a nasty burn. More >> A busy weekend in Eau Claire started off bright and early down on Water Street. More >> A busy weekend in Eau Claire started off bright and early down on Water Street.
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