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 

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A Happy, Healthy and Healing New Year to All

Love has no barriers and no limits. And neither does our gratitude for your continuing support and friendship. Know that you are never alone, because you are part of our family.