It Takes A Community to Help Exonerees Heal

Sep 23, 2021 | News, Newsletter

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.

Even though we have stayed at home as much as possible due to a still-uncertain pandemic climate, we’ve been able to do so much outreach – participating in online forums, meeting with Exonerees through programs like Sundays With Sunny, and working individually with Exonerees in need of immediate assistance.

Building a bridge to healing.

During the pandemic, we increased our remote outreach efforts so that we could continue helping Exonerees. We developed new contacts with people who have the means and the skills to assist Exonerees in many areas – including counseling, medical care, social services and housing. We always knew that there was tremendous need in the Exoneree community for so many things, from basic necessities like food and shelter, to the tools needed to build a new life. But the need is so much greater now than ever before. The pandemic left many Exonerees in a precarious position, both financially and emotionally.

Your help has been the key to helping those exonerated of crimes they didn’t commit to truly be free. We’ve been able to do so much, but there is so much left to be done.

Sunset at The Sunny Center is beautiful every day.

Our community of supporters keeps us going. You inspire us! Your donations help us to continue serving Exonerees and to maintain The Sunny Healing Center in Ireland and The Sunny Living Center in Tampa, Florida, where many Exonerees find a peaceful, supportive environment to heal emotionally and physically before moving forward with their lives.

Please donate to The Sunny Center again – you can donate money, air miles, or services for Exonerees. Go here to contact us and learn more, or donate directly via PayPal. And continue reading below for ways to help Exonerees directly!


Donate Services

Peter caring for some special guests. Photo by Mark McLoughlin.

In the past year, generous supporters have helped Exonerees around the country with tremendous needs – such as mechanic services to get their car running again so they can go to work; a hospital bed for an Exoneree recovering from surgery; counseling and therapy services; legal advice on matters like divorce and traffic tickets; and housing and food assistance.

No matter where you are located in the U.S. or even around the world, you may be able to help make a positive difference in an Exoneree’s life. Contact us today and tell us the skills and services you can offer.


Wish Lists: Help Exonerees Directly

Donate a gift card or household item directly to an Exoneree from their Amazon Wish List.

Read our FAQ here to learn more, and click on an Exoneree’s name below to go to their personalized list.

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

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)!

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!

Let’s Hang In There Together

We’ve been going through a global crisis together for more than 18 months now. It’s hard to believe – and yet here we are, supporting each other and taking care of each other. This pandemic will not last forever. The Sunny Healing Center will open to Exonerees and select volunteers again, so we can continue the one-on-one healing mission that we started just a few years ago. Your support has been so essential to keeping us going and helping Exonerees. You’ve been with us through it all, and we are so grateful!

Peace and Love,
Sunny and Peter

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.

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)!

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.

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.

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