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 

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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