Dear Friends of 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
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.
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!
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
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.
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!!!
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,