Liz Murray and Dr. Lisa Miller Discusses Spirituality and Homeless Youth on ABC News
Check out Lisa Miller in the ABC article ‘Homeless to Harvard:’ Child of Addicts Counsels Youth in Spirituality.
Liz Murray’s inspirational journey from homelessness to Harvard is a testament to how, even in the darkest of times, spirituality provides a guiding light. Although Liz was raised by two loving parents, their drug addiction and poverty left Liz homeless on the streets of New York at the age of 15. Liz’s resilience and creative spirit helped her excel in her studies and landed her at Harvard University.
What is she up to now? Liz caught a glimpse of an article in the New York Times about the Spirituality Mind Body Institute at Columbia University’s Teachers College and knew it was the place for her. Lisa, like Liz, holds a special place for homeless teens and her program Youth Rising helps prepare individuals who want to work professionally with homeless youth in the city. Through the program, graduate students are trained to give counseling to homeless teens at Covenant House, a nonprofit that provides shelter and support services for the city’s youth population. Lisa explains that despite their hardships, homeless youth express a kind of spiritual maturity and deep understanding of themselves, which gives birth to so much strength and resilience.