February 2019 Newsletter

Mar 5, 2019 | Uncategorized

Dear Friends of The Sunny Center,

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Do you HEART the Sunny Center? It’s Valentine’s Day – the one day of the year set aside to celebrate all things LOVE. But for us, we like to celebrate love all year round at the Sunny Center. It is our mission to spread love, peace and joy to the exonerees who so desperately need that spark of hope and healing in their lives.
 
In honor of St. Valentine’s Day, we ask you to honor love with a donation to the Sunny Center. You can help in one of two ways – or both! You can make a donation to support our daily operations at the Sunny Center. Or you can join our special campaign to Save the Sunny Center. The home where we have been living is about to be sold and we urgently need to find a permanent home so that we can continue to assist exonerees as they transition to life on the outside.
 
We feel your love and appreciate your support and we pledge to you that we will continue to work hard on behalf of the wrongly convicted. Happy Valentine’s Day to you!


OUR EXONEREE GUESTS AND VISITORS

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Old pals inviting you to the Sunny Center.   

Although we have a wait list of exonerees who would like to visit the Sunny Center, we have had to temporarily suspend our guests until we secure a permanent home. In the meantime, our residents at the Exonerees for Exonerees community residence continue to thrive. We are now at near capacity! 


OUR VOLUNTEERS 

Charles and Samantha, our newest volunteers.

This month, our volunteers Samantha and Charles Bookman arrived to take care of the goats, walk the dogs, feed the chickens and tend to the garden, along with assisting keeping the Sunny Center operations running smoothly. We are happy that they have become valued members of our Sunny Center family.


OUR FURRY AND FEATHERED FRIENDS

A peaceful coexistence. 
 
All our furry and feathered friends have been keeping warm and dry. For the love that they bring to our lives, and to those of our guests and visitors, we wish them Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

OUR ACTIVISM 

Sunny and Peter speaking before the UN. 

We were very busy this month and just concluded a very ambitious and productive trip around the US. We appeared before the UN for a special screening of the film Fallout, which highlights the challenges in adjusting to post-release life. We spoke about the need to recognize the wrongfully-convicted as torture victims by international authorities.

Fallout director Mark McLouglin, Sunny Jacobs, Ekow Yankah and Peter Pringle. 

We also spoke at the Cardozo Law School at Yeshiva University and the Columbia University Law School, both in New York City.
 
We also stopped by our new Exonerees for Exonerees community and visited with the residents. We held our first community meetings. Our community is growing and we are grateful to be able to provide such a special place to each of our residents.
 
The Sunny Center and our work were featured in a number of media outlets recently, including the New York Times and Now This. It is important to keep getting the word out about the human rights issue of wrongful convictions. And it is important to keep sharing our message and raising funds to keep the Center going!

STAY CONNECTED 

Our Sunny Center family has spread to the UN! 

We know that, on Valentine’s Day and every day, love and compassion lead the way to peace and hope.
 
We are grateful for all our supporters out there who have joined us in this campaign to help heal all those who have been robbed of their lives, their liberty, their families and friends. For that, we thank you and keep you in our hearts. 
 
Peace and Love, 
 
Sunny and Peter 

‘Send them green.’ A special message from a Sunny Center supporter!

“I had the wonderful opportunity to be a guest at the Sunny Center this past July. My first trip to Ireland, it always is a magical moment to visit friends who live overseas…”

Finding Peace, Joy and Hope

The events in Ukraine over the past several days have been ever-present in all of our lives through the daily news and constant social media. These times can be especially difficult for Exonerees because of the traumas they are working to overcome.

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.

Love Is Always the Answer

Winter is always a little bit quieter than the rest of the year. After a long day spent maintaining the Sunny Healing Center and getting it ready for visitors, it’s time for us to cuddle up with the kittens and, of course, Barney, on chilly winter evenings with a warm fire in the hearth.

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.

Happy Holidays to Our Friends Near and Far!

These are extraordinary times. And you’ve all been extraordinary supporters. Thanks to you, we’ve been able to keep helping Exonerees in the midst of a global emergency.

An incredible opportunity to support The Sunny Center

We are so excited to announce that our board member, artist Peter Tunney, is auctioning two of his masterpieces.  You can go directly to usatoday.com/nft to get all the details.

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)!

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.

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