Celebrating Spring With Our Furry & Feathered Friends

Apr 21, 2021 | News, Newsletter

Dear Friends of The Sunny Center:

A lovely view from our window.

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! Activity is picking up as the temperatures rise. Take a look below for all the fun!

Our new hens, who you were introduced to last year, are laying more frequently. We even send our volunteers home with eggs because there are so many! Here they’re exploring the polytunnel beds (and adding a little fertilizer).

Our feral cat Queen is very pregnant and looking for a place to have her kittens. She’s seriously considering the polytunnel. It would certainly provide her with a protected place to raise her kittens and let them explore safely, but I worry that they would fall off of the taller garden beds.

Barney is our stalwart protector, staying close by whether we’re inside, meditating, or working in the garden. He misses his friend Blister, who crossed the rainbow bridge last year at age 19.

Of course, Bogey, now 13 years old, is the king of the castle. Here he’s surveying his kingdom.

Being in one of the most beautiful natural spots in the world, and near a commonage, we get lots of visits from our four-footed neighbors! Three new donkeys come to get treats like carrots and apples almost every day.

These lovelies are Connemara ponies out for a stroll on a sunny day!

The local herd of cows often graze near our garden. Here’s a young bull peeking over our wall, trying to figure out a way to get to the sweet green grass in our garden!


You Can Make A Difference

The Sunny Center really is a place of healing. When Exonerees stay with us, they get to experience all the beauty of the wild countryside around the Healing Center. They respond so positively to our hens and cats and our dog Barney – who hops right into a visitor’s lap so he can get his ears scratched!

Animals are our partners in the healing process, as are all of the green, growing things in our garden and polytunnel. We love sharing these things with our Exoneree guests.

As vaccines for Covid continue to be given, we know it will not be too long before we can begin hosting Exonerees at the Healing Center again.

Your help is so needed and appreciated at this time. Please consider making a donation to The Sunny Center at the link below.


Help for Exonerees

Exonerees, you are not alone. The Sunny Center is here to help. If you need help finding services, or just need someone to talk to, please contact us.

If you are a woman Exoneree interested in joining SUNDAYS WITH SUNNY, contact us to learn more.

Peace and Love,
Sunny and Peter

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.

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.

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.

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