Just as our new little family of kittens is growing, so is activity at The Sunny Healing Center in Ireland. We welcomed our first international, on-site volunteers in over 18 months!
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. During the pandemic, friends nearby assisted us with maintaining and continuing to grow the Sunny Healing Center. And, at the Sunny Living Center in Tampa, Florida, volunteers donated whatever services they could to our residents so that they could continue their healing and growth toward living independently.
We are always on the lookout for volunteers, and you would be surprised at the variety of things to do at The Sunny Center. You don’t have to fly to Ireland or Tampa to help—the Exonerees we help are located all over the U.S. We also have remote volunteer opportunities, like helping with social media or even just spreading the word about what we do!
And, of course, if you’d like to help instead with a monetary donation, or by donating air miles so that Exonerees can travel to us (a milestone that’s approaching soon!) please click the button below to do so!
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Wish Lists: Help Exonerees Directly
Our latest update is to David’s wish list. “All of the kittens are almost grown up. They play outside, and eat adult food,” he says. However, the kittens do need to be neutered, and he would welcome a gift card toward the $120 fee. He needs some items to take care of his mother‘s grave; she passed away while he was incarcerated, and now he visits her gravesite every week.
Also this month, our list of participants is one person shorter – for a great reason! Robert said he is now doing fine, and no longer needs the Wish List as he has everything he needs. If you’ve ever wondered about the impact of our Wish List program, now you know how much this program helps participating Exonerees!
Support an Exoneree directly by purchasing a needed item for them!
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.
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New Group Meeting Forming
In our next newsletter, we hope to be announcing the launch of this new program for anyone and everyone whose life has been impacted by wrongful convictions!
We are developing an open meeting for Exonerees and anyone whose life has been impacted by a wrongful conviction: family members, friends, girlfriends, boyfriends, even the lawyers who defended Exonerees – so we can begin to share each other’s stories and concerns, successes and failures.
Through this new program we can help each other begin to understand each other’s needs, work to become more harmonious, and develop better relationships. One of the biggest hardships when an Exoneree is released is their relationship with loved ones, because they can’t understand each other.
We will have Exoneree mentors – those who have been through it – to mentor those who are just starting to go through the process of rejoining society and healing. This creates a safe space to do that.
Contact us if you’re interested in participating!
Sundays With Sunny
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.