One Year On, A Silver Lining During the Time of Covid

Mar 17, 2021 | News, Newsletter

Finding a connection even during social distancing.

Connection is at the heart of what we do at The Sunny Center. And the pandemic, while making it harder to connect for everyone, made things especially hard for Exonerees. Whether they were recently released or have been free for years, Exonerees already felt isolated in a world which moved on without them while they were locked away.

The enforced isolation was very hard for many of them, and Peter and I were busy trying to help fellow Exonerees while simultaneously having to stay home and out of contact from others.

But despite the challenges that Covid presented, we also discovered the silver lining. Our connections with other Exonerees, and with other people who could help them, actually GREW! We were able to increase a part of our program, reaching out to Exonerees remotely, much earlier than we had planned.

We regularly keep in touch with Exonerees by phone and over the internet using email, chat, and Zoom—whatever technology they are most comfortable with. We started an online group for women Exonerees to share their unique challenges and address their needs. We even started a Wish List program so that Exonerees could receive things they needed to move toward having a normal life again. And thanks to our volunteers and support staff, we were able to bring Exonerees to live at The Sunny Healing Center in Tampa.

We’ve been able to connect with others who are working to help Exonerees, to share information and ideas. People like Aaron in Detroit and Raymond in Ohio, who are each trying to find housing for Exonerees in those regions. This was another dream that we had, to connect to fellow Exonerees who are also trying to help, and to build a network through which we can quickly get Exonerees the help we need.

Much of this is still in the early stages, but the forced social distancing of the past year moved these dreams forward. We’ve still got a long way to go, but we are on the path.

We couldn’t have done all of this without you! The support from our subscribers, donors, and advisers has been fantastic. You are the wheels that keep The Sunny Center’s mission moving forward.

The coming year is an incredibly important one for The Sunny Center. Help us build on these new connections to create a network that will help Exonerees to heal, recover, and rebuild their lives. Your donation does incredible things for Exonerees. Thank you.


Support for Exonerees

If you are an Exoneree who needs someone to talk to, or needs help in some way, contact us. Even though we are not yet allowed to travel or bring others to us, we can connect over the phone or online.

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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