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YWCA Hosts "Homeless to Harvard" Speaker for Leadership Luncheon

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YAKIMA, Wash. - The YWCA had its biggest fundraiser of the year Monday featuring a speaker famous for her transition from the streets to attending Harvard at its leadership lucheon. 

Murray became homeless as a teen after her mother died.  She went on to attend Harvard University and will graduate later this year.  Her story was made into a TV movie. 

Murray says the lesson she wants to share is the importance for all to help out.

"When I was on the streets, I had people come to me, one person donated enough money to help me pay rent in an apartment but another lady came and did my laundry," she said.  "Everybody is capable of doing their part.  So it's not so much about one person being the solution as a community rallying together."

To learn more about local programs as well as make a donation, visit the chapter website: www.ywca.org/yakima.