May 2019 Newsletter

May 14, 2019 | Uncategorized

Dear Friends of The Sunny Center,

True friends at the Sunny Center. 

Friendship begins at home. And here is what friendship looks like at the Sunny Center. We are grateful to have a network of friends and supporters that stretch from Australia to Atlanta to Italy to Taiwan. We are optimistic that through this bond of kinship great things can happen – like helping those people who have suffered the pains and losses of a wrongful conviction.
 
You are receiving this newsletter because you are one of those special people who are part of this global network of Sunny Center supporters. We want to thank you for your help and your belief in the work we do, each and every day.
 
If you would like to see our healing work with exonerees at the Sunny Center continue, please consider a donation now. It is a simple act that can have a profound impact on someone’s life – someone who has suffered in ways no one deserves.
 
And in return, we recognize your part in this chain of friendship and support and we send you peace and love. 


OUR EXONEREE GUESTS AND VISITORS

Our next exoneree guest Leslie.

Leslie, our next exoneree guest at the Sunny Center Ireland has already been settling into life as part of the Sunny Center community in Tampa. And we met lots of exonerees at the annual Innocence Network conference in Atlanta whom we hope to welcome in the not too distant future, like Richard Phillips, the exoneree who served the most time for a wrongful conviction – 45 years.

Peter, Richard, and Sunny are all smiles at the annual Innocence Network conference in Atlanta.
 
It has been difficult to finalize visits by exoneree guests while we transition from our current home, moving the Sunny Center to a permanent home, but we hope to be making an announcement about that very soon!

OUR VOLUNTEERS 

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Peter, Sunny, Tress and her partner Jude.
 
We couldn’t be happier than to welcome our dedicated volunteer Tress who arrived for a fourth visit this month. She knows the routines of the Sunny Center so well that she seamlessly blends in, watering the plants, feeding the chickens, walking the dogs and being generally cheery and helpful! Thank you, Tress!

OUR FURRY AND FEATHERED FRIENDS

Whose road is it anyway?

This is the time of year when lambs appear next to sheep, calves next to cows and kids next to goats! The population of our neighborhood is exploding! But it is a sure sign that spring is here and longer stretches of sunnier days are coming.


OUR ACTIVISM 

L to R, US exoneree support coordinator Dorothy, Sunny and Peter.
Japanese IP, Sunny, Dorothy, Andrea and Daphine who came from Houston, TX  to connect with Peter and Sunny, joining forces with the Sunny Center to help exonerees.
 
We had an amazingly productive time at the annual Innocence Network conference in Atlanta where there were 900 attendees – the largest gathering the Innocence Network has ever hosted. We met with new exonerees like Richard Phillips, who served 45 years – the most amount of time served in a wrongful conviction in the US. We also met with others who are interested in a our work and discussed further collaborations. It was an inspiring and positive three days!!! 

STAY CONNECTED 

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Jason Flom, Peter, Richard and Sunny at the Innocence Network Conference in Atlanta. 

We are so profoundly thankful to our many supporters, those who are public and those who are anonymously there for us behind the scenes. To all of you, who so generously offer donations, large and small, we thank you for being among our treasured supporters. And we hope that, if you continue to believe in our mission and have faith in us, you will consider making a donation to the Sunny Center today. We will be eternally grateful. 

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

With spring well underway, we thought it a great time to update you on how all of our friends at the Healing Center are doing!

Our Activism: Moving the Needle for Exonerees

March was another great month for activism. We got the word out about the struggle that Exonerees face after being freed, and raised awareness of the need for housing, counseling, medical care, and more – all the things that humans have a right to, and that have been denied to Exonerees for so long.

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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