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!



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! 


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.


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!!!


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!


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 

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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