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 smile.amazon.com 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

Finding Peace, Joy and Hope

The events in Ukraine over the past several days have been ever-present in all of our lives through the daily news and constant social media. These times can be especially difficult for Exonerees because of the traumas they are working to overcome.

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.

Love Is Always the Answer

Winter is always a little bit quieter than the rest of the year. After a long day spent maintaining the Sunny Healing Center and getting it ready for visitors, it’s time for us to cuddle up with the kittens and, of course, Barney, on chilly winter evenings with a warm fire in the hearth.

A Happy, Healthy and Healing New Year to All

Love has no barriers and no limits. And neither does our gratitude for your continuing support and friendship. Know that you are never alone, because you are part of our family.

Happy Holidays to Our Friends Near and Far!

These are extraordinary times. And you’ve all been extraordinary supporters. Thanks to you, we’ve been able to keep helping Exonerees in the midst of a global emergency.

An incredible opportunity to support The Sunny Center

We are so excited to announce that our board member, artist Peter Tunney, is auctioning two of his masterpieces.  You can go directly to usatoday.com/nft to get all the details.

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)!

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.

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