Growing up on the southside of Chicago with her parents and two younger brothers, Denine Rushing gained family values that she applies in both personal and professional life today, including honesty, integrity, respect, and genuine care for others. Today, Rushing is the Shelter Services Director for Willis Dady Homeless Services in Cedar Rapids. At age 22 Denine decided to enter the Criminal Justice program in pursuit of a career that would advocate for and meet the needs of area youth. Rushing began her career at Willis Dady as a Resident Attendant, then transitioned to volunteer coordinator, veteran case manager and shelter manager-all leading to her current role as shelter services director where she works closely with staff that provide direct services to clients in shelter. Rushing uses her personal journey to connect with clients and their unique challenges, raising voice to those who are rarely heard as clients find their way to permanent housing, employment and stability. Rushing is married with five children and three grandchildren.