August 2019 Newsletter

Aug 15, 2019 | Uncategorized

Dear Friends of The Sunny Center,

Our new home, the new Sunny Center 

We are delighted to report that we have moved into the new and permanent home of the Sunny Center! When we lay our heads down at night, it is with the peace of mind knowing that we are home, in our own place, where we belong. We can feel confident and secure that we can continue to work, uninterrupted or unimpeded, towards our mission of helping to heal those many others who were wrongfully convicted, as ourselves. 

The sunset reflected in the windows of our new home, pictured above, is as beautiful as it seems. And we believe this is a perfect place for us to reflect back to the world all the beauty that there is within the human spirit for resilience, love and peace. We truly feel inspired here and we thank you, from the bottom of our hearts and souls, for helping to make that happen and supporting us along this journey. 
We want this home – our home – to be as warm and welcoming as it can be to all our future exoneree guests. We want them to feel comfortable and at home. We believe it is the best way for exonerees to reclaim themselves in their healing journey. 

In this move, we have discovered that there are some insulation repairs and water system upgrades needed to make this be the cozy, comfortable home we hope to share with our guests and visitors. To that end, a new GoFundMe campaign has been created here

If you would like to support these needed improvements, please consider making a donationtoday. Or, if you would like to become a patron of the Sunny Center on an ongoing basis, please especially consider a recurring donation. That recurring donation, no matter how small, will literally keep us going! 

We have long known that our lives would be committed to helping others like ourselves, but never in our wildest dreams did we imagine that we might, some day, share our own home with others. Thank you, dear friends, for your steady support. We are thrilled beyond words that our dreams have been realized and we now have a home to call our own, but it is a special home. It is one whose front door is open to those many others seeking peace of mind, too. 



OUR EXONEREE GUESTS AND VISITORS

Now that we are settling into our new home, we are ready to welcome new exoneree guests from around the globe. We are finalizing our upcoming exoneree guest calendar but are also accepting applications for future guests. If you are an exoneree or someone you know is, applications can be made here
And, as always, in the meantime, we are still reaching out to exonerees all over the world. We are never more than a phone call, Skype visit, or Facebook message away. We remain committed to offer support and healing to those in need. 

OUR VOLUNTEERS

Our volunteer Caitriona and Sunny.
Barney helping Peter and our volunteer Tom unload furniture from the van. 

We have been so fortunate to have so many volunteers to help us boxing up and moving our things, cleaning the old house, readying the new house, and finding the odd bureau or table set we need to make our house our home. We could not have made this move without their enormous energy and help. Moving can be overwhelming and exhausting, but our incredible corps of volunteers have made it go smoothly! Thank you dear friends and supporters!!!


OUR FURRY AND FEATHERED FRIENDS

Hen in the window.
Millie headed out on her first adventure guided by Peter. 

Of course, it isn’t just us moving to new quarters. It is also all our furry and feathered friends! So we have been very mindful of creating plans for their moves in order to minimize stress and disruption and make for as seamless a transition as possible. So far, everyone seems happy with their new surroundings!  


OUR ACTIVISM 

Much of our focus this last month has been on laying the groundwork for future Sunny Centers and future Sunny Center communities, like the one we launched last fall in Tampa, Florida. The exoneree community residence in Tampa is the first of its kind in the world. It is not yet a year old and we have learned much along the way. We believe that there is great value in creating exoneree community residences as a place of belonging, inclusion and healing. We are working to create a manual to share with others so that they might replicate our model elsewhere. And we have also been working with local authorities to increase exoneree access to support services and resources. We are hopeful that all this will enhance the lives of those who have already lost so much. 

STAY CONNECTED 

Blister getting comfortable in the new sitting room. 

Everyday, in our daily meditation practice, we feel more grounded. But since our move, we are finding that we now feel grounded in a whole new way. We have our own home, our own corner of this beautiful Connemara to call our own. Thank you to our wide network of family, friends and supporters who have helped to make this our reality. We are profoundly grateful. 
And to those of you who would like to see our work continue, please consider making a donation to our daily operations. 

There is still so much more work to be done! And we can only accomplish this because of You – our caring community. 

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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