Exonerees are succeeding, thanks to you!

Aug 18, 2021 | Activism, News, Newsletter, Video

The kittens are teenagers! They are growing up happy and healthy at The Sunny Healing Center.

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!

Video: Breathing Yourself Home

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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!

Terry’s wish list
David’s wish list
Paul’s wish list
Danny’s wish list
Joseph’s wish list

Read our FAQ about the Wish List program.

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.

Help Us on Social Media

Can’t donate directly? That’s okay – you can help us by sharing our social media posts on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter far and wide!

Help us go viral (in a good way, not like a coronavirus)!

Support for Exonerees

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.

And all 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

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.

How to Avoid Toxicity

At a time when it seems so many people in the world are expressing so much anger and hatred, how do you maintain your balance? Watch my latest video and share with us on social media!

About Our Wish List Program

One of our most impactful programs that arose during, and because of, the Covid-19 pandemic is the Wish List program. Through this, people who want to help an Exoneree directly can do so.

Wishing You a Summer of Healing, Hope and Joy

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!

More Than 2,700 Exonerees Need Your Help

The need for resources and change within the system is immense. But together, we can start making a difference right away!

You Can Make A Difference for Exonerees Right Now

We are happy and hopeful that we can soon return to working in person with fellow Exonerees. But you can help us right now, even from far away.

You Are Beautiful

It doesn’t matter what shape you are or what size you are. It matters how you feel inside. You are who you are. That’s you. The beauty comes from the energy that you radiate from within.

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