During this time of transition, it’s especially important to take time for yourself, put the smartphone down and turn off the news, if only for a few minutes each day.
The Sunny Center is almost as busy as ever, even if our activities are different from past years. Read on for updates on the progress of the garden, a close-up of our new neighbors, and an up close and personal window into the life of an Exoneree in our Exoneree Feature of the Month: In Their Own Words.
VISITORS AND GUESTS
Creativity can take many forms. But, in whatever form it takes, it is therapeutic and healing. We are so grateful to be able to share the happiness and healing that we have found together with others. We hope one day soon to be able to host Exoneree guests again. Meanwhile, we are making things more and more welcoming.
AROUND THE HEALING CENTER
Our hearts are filled with gratitude for the goodness that has come to us, even during these difficult times, through the support of friends and people who believe in what we are doing. Thank you all! We love you!
OUR FURRY AND FEATHERED FRIENDS
Peter has also been feeding a feral cat who has now adopted one of the dog kennels as his home. None too great and none too small for help and healing at The Sunny Center.
AROUND THE COMMUNITY
Spread the Word!We are reaching out to all attorneys and organizations that work with and for Exonerees. We want them to know that we are here and what services we can provide for their clients. Spread the word!
We Are Here For ExonereesWe are also reaching out to all Exonerees to let them know that we are here for them! We might not be able to bring people over to the Healing Center, but we continue to reach out in other ways in order to bring healing and hope into the lives of our Exoneree family members.
We are still sharing our healing and relaxation videos on the website and our social media for any and all who might benefit. Again, please share with anyone you feel might be going through a difficult time. And let us know if the videos have been helpful to you. We’d love to hear from you!
IN THEIR OWN WORDS: PAUL
I was and am blessed to have people surrounding me that have been there for me since the day I walked out. I thank God for them every day. It hasn't been easy; I've only been out five months, but there are challenges every day. I believe in myself, and that is so important. I face every challenge with the belief that I can handle whatever that life puts before me.
One thing that gives me that strength is the people that surround me. The Sunny Center is a very big blessing: I have my own home, I come and go as I please. It's not a prison or halfway house – it's my home.
I have to give big props to the people that have made this all possible for me: the Innocence Project of New York, the Innocence Project of Florida, The Sunny Center, the Rising Fund org., and the attorneys that worked on my case for so many years. With the help of all those people I'm able to in a sense be born again.
I may make it sound easy but believe me, it's far from easy. Some people have called me a hero. I'm no hero, the people that I have around me are the real heroes!!!!!!! -- Paul Hildwin
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We are transitioning from quarantine to things opening up.
The importance of self-care and sharing.
We are stressed and worried. We worry if wearing a mask is enough to keep us healthy. We worry about the economy and whether our job is safe. And the societal strife of May, June and July also weigh heavily on all of us. These are upsetting feelings to have.
For exonerees, these feelings of stress, uncertainty and upset can trigger much stronger emotions that are extremely stressful for them and can bring about recurrence of PTSD.
While we are unable to travel or to host exonerees at the Sunny Healing Center, we are staying in contact with the exoneree members of our community to make sure they can access resources to help them during this time of transition.
Your support during this time has been invaluable, and we thank you!
Sunny and Peter
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