February 2020 Newsletter

Feb 11, 2020 | News, Uncategorized

Dear Friends of The Sunny Center,

February is the Love Month and it’s one of our favorite months of the year! We believe it’s the perfect time to show how much you cherish your loved ones and just spread more love in the world! Who doesn’t love to be loved!?!?!?!?!

And so, we want to especially show love to all our exoneree friends around the globe. We wish them our heartiest best wishes for hope and peace. And we think Valentine’s Day is a darling opportunity for you to offer a valentine to an exoneree in the form of a gift to the Sunny Center. A Valentine’s Day donation to the Sunny Center is as sweet as a dozen sweetheart roses, but it lasts so much longer! 
There is an exoneree out there hoping for your generosity and counting on the difference that donation will make in his or her life, helping restore their sense of wellbeing, fairness and faith in a just world. 
Thanks so much. We are deeply grateful for your kindness. 


Our friend and founder of the Innocence Project of Iowa Brian Farrell.

It was with great joy that we reconnected with our old friend Brian Farrell, founder of the Innocence Project of Iowa. And scheduling challenges forced us to postpone our exoneree family visit, but it’s been rescheduled for this month. We look forward to it with open hearts and arms. 
In the meantime, we went a-visiting down the road to socialize with these fine neighbors! 


Peter and our volunteer multi-visit volunteer Tress.
Our network of friends, supporters and volunteers continues to grow. This past month, a supporter began following our work on social media after hearing about the Sunny Center through her friend Tress, who has been our faithful multi-visit volunteer. Through Tress, she became so interested in our mission, she might volunteer herself, which is timely, as we are currently scheduling volunteers for the remainder of 2020. So we are putting out a call for anyone interested in offering help to the Sunny Center in the coming months. Perhaps you have a special skill or maybe you have a particular interest? If so, please get in touch with us here. We’d love to hear from you! 


Who says chickens are dumb? 

This past month our chickens dealt with a dusting of snow, the dogs with high winds and wet weather and the cats with navigating the kitty door in winter storms. But through it all, the house was warm and there was plenty of love to go around to keep everyone happy!


Sunny, Peter and our exoneree outreach coordinator Dorothy. 

We have just returned from a trip to NYC where we met with our Board and discussed our busy activism schedule for 2020. It was decided that we would deepen our exoneree outreach program and strengthen our fundraising efforts. We are grateful for the continued support of our valuable board without whom we couldn’t achieve the work we do. Stay tuned for further announcements about what’s coming up in 2020!!! 


Our hearts are touching your hearts this month and we want to keep that connection going all year long. Please do reach out to us and we will receive you with open arms and a happy heart. 
And please, consider making a recurring donation – no matter what size – and that will literally keep the lights on, the heat going and our bond strong, no matter what the weather brings. 

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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