February 2018 Newsletter

Feb 23, 2018 | Uncategorized

Dear Friends of The Sunny Center,

In Ireland, Spring arrives on February 1st, which is also observed as St. Brigid’s day. St. Brigid is one of Ireland’s three patron saints, along with St. Patrick and St. Columba but she shares her name with an important Celtic goddess, as well. She was said to have been born into slavery in 451 AD but was eventually pardoned by the king after recognizing her holiness and she then devoted her life to healing others.
 
That story of false imprisonment and the desire for freedom resonates for us and for the many exonerees we work with. We rely on your support to help us heal others and we do hope you will consider offering a donation to the Sunny Center.

 

OUR GUESTS AND VISITORS

We had a visit from our friend Donald, who played the part of an exoneree in our production of The Exonerated. He enjoyed meeting our menagerie and taking walks and promised to come back whenever we need a volunteer helper. 

At the end of this month, We will be hosting a visitor from Sweden who works with Amnesty International and is very interested in our work. 


OUR VOLUNTEERS 

Tress enjoying the beauty of the Sunny Center.

Our special volunteer Tress returned for another month! She knows all our animals and our routines and is a happy member of the Sunny Center family.


OUR FURRY AND FEATHERED FRIENDS

A hen party. 

As the weather begins to warm and the sky begins to brighten, our hens are enjoying the change in seasons. Our happy hens have been giving us eggs all winter. 


OUR ACTIVISM 

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NUIG Irish Centre for Human Rights
 
We went to the Irish Centre for Human Rights at National University of Ireland at Galway to hear our friend Brian O’Farrell, co-founder of the Innocence Project of Iowa, speak about the forensic science of wrongful convictions. We also shared our experience and perspectives, as well. 
 Sunny and friends from Afri. 

On February 3rd, we also took part in Féile Bríde 2018: Light out of Darkness organized by Afri: Action from Ireland. We shared our stories as a way to illuminate the journey of light out of darkness.

Sunny and Peter plant a tree in honor of Féile Bríd or St. Brigid’s Day. 

SPECIAL NEWS!
We have initiated a new pilot project and taken on a new member of our team! This month we began our Outreach Program. We will be happy to introduce our new Exoneree Support Coordinator at the Innocence Projects Conference in March! Stay tuned!!


STAY CONNECTED 

We want you to know how important you all are to us. It’s through your support that recently we’ve been able to host those who have suffered injustice at the Sunny Center, send money to an exoneree to cover his phone bill and arrange for an on-the-ground support in helping another Exoneree transition from an unsustainable position. With your help, we are able to grow and extend our support to so many more in much more lasting ways. It’s difficult to continue to heal the soul when the body is hungry. Many of our clients live in extreme poverty and have no hope for anything better in the future. Now we can offer the kind of help through our healing program that will create an atmosphere in which a person can continue to recover and begin to enjoy their new freedom.
 
Thank you and may the blessings of Spring fill your heart with the promise of the months to come. 

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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