Dear Friends of The Sunny Center,
As you can see in the photo above, this is our new home in the foreground, and the old Sunny Center in the distance – which makes us think about perspective and the roads we travel to get where we are. It’s not very far between here and there, but for us, it reflects a lifetime of work and life experience that puts us in this particular place, at this particular time, with this particular perspective.
From this view, we can see both the future and the past. Since 2014 when the Sunny Center began, we have been blessed to have opened our home to scores of exoneree guests with whom we have danced, sang, eaten meals, meditated, gardened and shared our stories. And through these shared experiences, we have found healing and hope. As we move forward into the future, we are now better able than ever before to offer more exonerees the support and assistance they most assuredly deserve.
Of course, we are also well aware that none of this would be possible without each and every one of you. You are the foundation of our work. You are our rock. And for that, we thank you. Please keep the Sunny Center going into that future with a donationtoday. And consider a recurring donation, of any size, so that our foundation remains as secure and solid as the stonewalls that crisscross this landscape. THANK YOU!
OUR EXONEREE GUESTS AND VISITORS
We have been busy getting our home ready for our next exoneree guest, putting up curtains and installing shelves – adding all the finishing touches that will make our home as comfy and welcoming as possible. Of course, sometimes there are the finishing touches that have to happen on the other end, such as finalizing passports or visas and arranging for flights. But we look forward to our next guest with great anticipation.
In the meantime, Dorothy, our exoneree outreach coordinator in Florida, is working really hard to keep things running smoothly at the community residence there, as well as to raise awareness for the needs of exonerees. She is finding that the Tampa community has been very receptive to our efforts to provide the only community residence for exonerees of its kind in the world!
This past month, there has been a volunteer corps of helpers hailing from as close as a neighboring house to as far away as Cuba. And we are expecting a future volunteer from Sweden. They are valued members of the Sunny Center family - without whom we could not operate. This month, Mike helped Peter get the henhouse set up and others have been helping with transplanting our garden plants. Further afield, we also now have a new volunteer lawyer Daniela who is helping us in Florida with operational matters, as they arise. We are thankful for all their help! For anyone who would like to volunteer, please use this link to get in touch.
OUR FURRY AND FEATHERED FRIENDS
Now that the move is complete, the hens have their henhouse. The dogs have their doghouses. And Millie? Well Millie just makes herself comfortable, wherever. If she’s not napping in a comfy kitchen chair, she’s checking out the view from different heights altogether.
Thank you for your help in getting us here and for sharing our journey along the way. We hope you will continue to support our shared vision for a more just, humane, loving, kind and peaceful world – especially for those who have suffered such enormous injustice.
Thank you for your caring.
Peace and Love,
Sunny and Peter