Wishing You a Summer of Healing, Hope and Joy

Jun 4, 2021 | News, Newsletter, Video

Snack time at the Sunny Healing Center. (Photo by Mark McLoughlin)

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! Your help will keep us on course as we help Exonerees heal so that they can build new lives.

Video: A Relaxing Meditation for Summer (or Anytime!)

Let’s do a yoga and relaxation meditation together. You don’t have to be a yoga student to participate, and you don’t even need to leave your chair if you don’t want to. But you can also just pick a comfortable spot to sit or lie down, too. Let’s go!

Around The Sunny Healing Center

The plants in the polytunnel are growing fast and have provided us with fresh greens throughout the winter and spring. Soon, we’ll have lots of fresh tomatoes as well!

But we also found another surprise in the polytunnel:

Our pregnant feral cat had four little kittens! There are two black and two gray kittens. The new mother gave birth in the dog kennel but brought them all back home soon afterward, and she put them in the polytunnel!

Life is blooming all around us, but we feel honored that the Healing Center is seen as a safe haven for a cat who doesn’t normally trust humans.

Around The Sunny Living Center

The Exonerees who are staying at our Living Center in Tampa, Florida, are continuing to build their health, both physical and mental. Danny, one of our residents who was very ill last year, has regained so much of his strength. Paul continues to be a great help around the Center. Robert is building a new life, piece by piece.

Wish Lists: Help Exonerees Directly

Your support of Exonerees has been an immense help during the pandemic and beyond, but the need continues. Please consider helping an Exoneree directly by purchasing an item from their 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.


Sundays With Sunny

Sunny’s new group for women Exonerees meets each week over Zoom. We meet for community and support to cope with life as an Exoneree, especially during these pandemic times. Often, guests will share techniques for meditation, relaxation, arts and crafts, health and fun ways to cope and simply to enjoy spending some time together. If you are a woman Exoneree, contact us to learn more!


Help for Exonerees

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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