January 2018 Newsletter

Jan 17, 2018 | Uncategorized

Dear Friends of The Sunny Center,

It’s 2018. A new year full of promise and hope. And among our promises and hopes is a commitment to help more exonerees achieve happy and productive lives. 
Of course, we need your help to reach this goal. In honor of 2018, please consider a donation of $18, $118, $218 or $2018. We have dipped heavily into our resources helping exonerees who need our help and we hope you can help us with a donation, especially now. 
We appreciate your support and look forward to sharing 2018 with you!


Our guest Bill and Milly discuss food preferences.

We had Bill Richards, an Exoneree guest, who spent a lovely visit with us just before Christmas. He seemed to find peace and insight into his healing process here and was able to join friends in the UK with whom he spent the actual holiday.
We continue to keep in touch with our network of former guests, checking in on them and their progress. Jim is in the process of getting some dental work done; Joseph is starting a new business; and another of our former guests is headed to Cuba to reunite with his family. All this is happening thanks to your generous help and support!

A special Christmas card arrived from Uriah, our first official guest of the Sunny Center, who is thriving with his growing family.


Katie, Bill and a guest from Malawi having a chat.

Our most recent volunteer, Katie, found many new ways to be helpful to the work of The Sunny Center. We now await the arrival of a return volunteer, Tress, who will be donating a month of her time so that we can travel to educate the public about the overwhelming after-effects of wrongful convictions, and to connect with more Exonerees to begin their healing process. 


Peter getting some love from Rosie.

Rosie’s twins are growing up. Jill always stays close to her mama. Jack is now a big boy who is sleeping on his own, away from his mama and twin sister Jill. He seems to love his independence!


Jack and Jill going for a romp.


Sunny and Peter with two exonerees.

We are busy making plans for 2018 and have been exploring different ways in which we can further our reach, either through the play The Exonerated, the film Fallout, or appearances before government agencies and public programs. We will keep you posted! If you are connected with any organization that can facilitate our activism/travel, please use the link to get in touch with us.


So dear friends, we thank you for being in our lives; we thank you for your support; we thank you for working together with us to make the Dream of a better life happen for so many! We are expanding our reach in 2018 and adding more much needed services. You can be very proud of what you have helped us to achieve! Let’s keep it going together because together we ARE making a difference in an area that has, thus far, been neglected. More to be revealed next month!
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

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Our Activism: Moving the Needle for Exonerees

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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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