February Newsletter

Feb 14, 2017 | Uncategorized

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Dear Friends of The Sunny Center,

February is the month dedicated to love and so it is a wonderful time to express our gratitude for all the love and support we feel from our friends and supporters from around the world. 

It is also a fitting time to invite you to consider showing your love for the work of The Sunny Center or honoring someone you love with a donation to The Sunny Center. We are truly grateful for any and all gestures of generosity.



OUR GUESTS AND VISITORS
Filmmaker preparing a drone to take aerial footage of The Sunny Center.

We hosted three days of filming with an Italian film crew working on a documentary about people who have been wrongly convicted. The filming included drone footage of The Sunny Center.
 
We are also busily finalizing our schedule for hosting guests in the coming year. 


OUR VOLUNTEERS 
Cat watching the chickens through the window. 

We are busy doing outreach and aftercare, scheduling a roster of volunteers for the coming year. Our volunteers are such an important part of the Sunny Center community and contribute so much to help the center run smoothly and efficiently. We are grateful for their help and would like to remind our supporters that we are still accepting applications for volunteers. If you are interested, we have an open call so please contact us.  


OUR ACTIVISM 
Sunny and Peter at Amicus training in London.

We spent three days in the UK doing a talk at the University of Liverpool, two talks in Manchester, two talks in London at a major law firm and a training for young lawyers to work on death penalty cases in the US for Amicus, a non-profit organization. 

Peter’s interview on Jason Flom’s Wrongful Convictions podcast will be aired live on February 20th. We hope you will all tune in or catch it later online.


OUR FURRY FRIENDS

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​Lily enjoying herself.

Our herd of goats keeps us in milk, cheese and yogurt. They are also great company and give us, our guests and volunteers great pleasure. Sadly, we lost a member of our goat family when Lily died unexpectedly this week. But hopefully, a recent visit from the wild goats will bring new kids this spring. 



STAY CONNECTED 
Sunny and Peter enjoying dinner with Amicus supporters and volunteers in the UK.

We are planning for a busy year of new developments at the Sunny Center in the months ahead. Much travelling is planned. We have guests arriving starting next month. And, of course, we hope to enlarge our circle of supporters and friends. We hope you will stay in touch.
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We send you peace and love,

Sunny and Peter 

It Takes A Community to Help Exonerees Heal

What an amazing summer this has been. We’ve been at home, raising a litter of kittens in our polytunnel and collecting eggs from our hens. And at the same time we have been able to reach out into the world and continue helping Exonerees.

Have you seen Sunny on YouTube?

Yoga and meditation are so central to our life and work at The Sunny Center. We meditate each morning to help us approach the day with a calm, clear mind (and some extra energy)!

Exonerees are succeeding, thanks to you!

Helping people exonerated of crimes they did not commit, setting them back on the path to a fulfilling life, is a monumental task that we depend on the dedication of volunteers, both near and far, to achieve.

For Exonerees, life’s little legal challenges can be huge

Exonerees face many challenges as they rebuild their lives after a wrongful conviction. One of the things that takes a backseat, as they struggle to access essentials like a place to live, medical care, and work, is thinking about how they will be cared for if they get sick.

Sometimes, it takes a (small) army

Terry Wanzer fought for more than 20 years to have his record cleared, even though he was exonerated in 1996. Our friend and volunteer Carrie is working to stop injustices like this.

How to Avoid Toxicity

At a time when it seems so many people in the world are expressing so much anger and hatred, how do you maintain your balance? Watch my latest video and share with us on social media!

About Our Wish List Program

One of our most impactful programs that arose during, and because of, the Covid-19 pandemic is the Wish List program. Through this, people who want to help an Exoneree directly can do so.

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.

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