New Year, New Beginnings

Jan 23, 2017 | Uncategorized

Dear Friends of The Sunny Center,

This has been a month of looking back and looking ahead, a time of respite and renewal. And we are happy to share this newsletter and connect with our many friends and supporters around the world. We are grateful for your steady support and love. 


OUR GUESTS AND VISITORS

Our visitor braves a January swim at Coral beach

January and February are months of renewal and reflection at The Sunny Center. 
It is also a time of preparation, and we are working on scheduling a full year of guests.
While enjoying some downtime between guests, we hosted visitors from Romania, Croatia and the US, and were interviewed by a French journalist for an upcoming feature about The Sunny Center in Marie Claire magazine, scheduled to be published in February.


OUR VOLUNTEERS

We were fortunate to have a wonderful line up of eager, enthusiastic and engaged volunteers in 2016 and are working on scheduling volunteers to join us in 2017. If you are interested in volunteering at the Sunny Center, please contact us through this link.

OUR FURRY FRIENDS

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A visitor of the goat kind

We noticed the appearance of a wild goat making up to our girls. This wild young male spent a day with ours, and then disappeared up the mountain again. We wonder if there will be some new kids in the neighborhood soon!


OUR ACTIVISM

Sunny, BBC’s John Toal and Peter

We did a radio documentary called “Exonerated,” with John Toal, that aired this month on BBC Radio 4, which generated a lot of interest in helping us to help others and raised awareness about the difficulties of life post-exoneration. 
Here’s the link or listen to it on podcast at Seriously BBC 4 podcast and search for “Exonerated.” 
We have big plans for the coming year!
Our wonderful Board members will be hosting salon-style musical and artistic gatherings, to engage others in the work of The Sunny Center in a relaxed and intimate way. And we will begin work on our long range goal to replicate the Sunny Center in other places, starting with the US, and we have started to develop that model. 
We expect a full calendar of talks, presentations, and interviews in 2017.


STAY CONNECTED 

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A cozy night at our home this month

We value our many friends and supporters around the globe and want to remain in touch. You can now find the Newsletters on our new BLOG PAGE here. Periodically, we will post a blog or video so you can stay connected. And you can always send us your thoughts, suggestions and ideas by contacting us through the Contact Page. And, for more frequent updates, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
We hope for Peace and Love and Justice for the New Year!

Peace and Love,
Sunny and Peter 

Wishing You a Summer of Healing, Hope and Joy

While the start of summer certainly feels much calmer and more certain than it did last year, plenty of activity is going on at The Sunny Center!

More Than 2,700 Exonerees Need Your Help

The need for resources and change within the system is immense. But together, we can start making a difference right away!

You Can Make A Difference for Exonerees Right Now

We are happy and hopeful that we can soon return to working in person with fellow Exonerees. But you can help us right now, even from far away.

You Are Beautiful

It doesn’t matter what shape you are or what size you are. It matters how you feel inside. You are who you are. That’s you. The beauty comes from the energy that you radiate from within.

Exoneree Terry Wanzer, In His Own Words

Terry Wanzer was exonerated in 1996. But it took more than 24 years for the state of Georgia to clear his record. Read Terry’s story.

Celebrating Spring With Our Furry & Feathered Friends

With spring well underway, we thought it a great time to update you on how all of our friends at the Healing Center are doing!

Our Activism: Moving the Needle for Exonerees

March was another great month for activism. We got the word out about the struggle that Exonerees face after being freed, and raised awareness of the need for housing, counseling, medical care, and more – all the things that humans have a right to, and that have been denied to Exonerees for so long.

Watch: Dealing With Grief

It seems these days there is more and more to grieve about: the loss of our normal way of life, the inability to gather together. And sometimes we have to grieve over the emotions that we have to put aside until another time.

One Year On, A Silver Lining During the Time of Covid

Finding a connection even during social distancing. Connection is at the heart of what we do at The Sunny Center. And the pandemic, while making it harder to connect for everyone, made things especially hard for Exonerees. Whether they were recently released or have...

Exoneree David Stonecypher, In His Own Words

David Stonecypher was exonerated in 2019 after more than a decade behind bars in the Philippines. Like many Exonerees, he is facing the challenge of building a new life in a world that has changed dramatically while he was struggling to prove his innocence.

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