How to Avoid Toxicity

Jul 1, 2021 | Newsletter, Video

Dear Friends of The Sunny Center,

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? How do you approach a close friend or family member who is toxic, and still do so from a place of love?

In today’s video offering, we address how to interact compassionately with loved ones who are toxic.

Choice plays a big role in all of our lives. People who tend to become toxic during personal interactions choose to go to that place. You can choose to not go to that place. And you can make that choice without spiraling into anger or sadness, but from a place of calm.

Tell Us Your Story

Watch the video above, and then join us on social media at Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. How have you dealt with toxicity in your life? Are you struggling to connect with a toxic person? Do you struggle with toxic feelings of anger and negativity within yourself?

In our work with Exonerees, we sometimes encounter toxicity because Exonerees have been through so much, and even when they are exonerated and free they still have a hard time. Especially when the euphoria of exoneration wears off. The realities of life come crashing down.

At The Sunny Center we try to make this transition easier for Exonerees, by providing not just a place of beauty to begin recovery and healing from the trauma of incarceration, but also connecting them with other Exonerees as well as key resources such as therapists, social workers and agencies to get them housing, food and medical care. These are all incredibly important steps to help Exonerees make that journey from a place of great sadness and anger to a fulfilling life that is as normal as possible.

You can help by supporting our mission. Any amount will help. You can also donate air miles on our website to help Exonerees come to the Sunny Healing Center once Covid restrictions are fully lifted.

Wish Lists: Help Exonerees Directly

Support an Exoneree directly by purchasing a needed item for them!

Terry’s wish list
David’s wish list
Paul’s wish list
Danny’s wish list
Joseph’s wish list

Thank you so much for your support! And don’t forget, you can purchase through and select The Sunny Center Foundation USA, Inc. as your charity of choice.

Learn more about our Wish List program.

Support for Exonerees

Women Exonerees are welcome to join SUNDAYS WITH SUNNY, a group online chat where we can share and learn and grow together, and just be there to support one another.

And all Exonerees, please visit our Outreach page and contact us if you need help in any way. We will respond to you. Even if you just need someone to talk to!

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.

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.

Celebrating Spring With Our Furry & Feathered Friends

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!

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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