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

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.


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

A message from Sunny about Peter

The time has come to say farewell to our dear Peter, who is in the process of transitioning from this body and this plane.

‘Send them green.’ A special message from a Sunny Center supporter!

“I had the wonderful opportunity to be a guest at the Sunny Center this past July. My first trip to Ireland, it always is a magical moment to visit friends who live overseas…”

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.

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.

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