Quenesha graduated in May from Syracuse University with a Business Analyst job lined up at a Fortune 500 company in New York City. Just seven years earlier, she was a young teenager running away from a difficult situation.

She came to The Center House, an emergency shelter for young people, 12-18, and the only shelter available in the Rochester community for 12-15 year olds.

Quenesha was 15 years old at the time. She says the shelter made her feel safe and hopeful.

“If it weren’t for having a shelter to go to, I wouldn’t be where I am today," she says. "It allowed me to see opportunities outside of Rochester."

At 16 years old, Quenesha moved into the Transitional Living Program apartments. She lived there on her own with guidance from Center staff until graduating from high school and going on to college at Syracuse University. While she credits The Center and various mentors for much of her success, Quenesha says she always knew she held the key.

“Everyone has circumstances; it’s whether you beat them or not or whether you let yourself give up," Quenesha says. "I expected myself to be here. I wouldn’t have any other expectations for myself.”

At Syracuse University, Quenesha dual majored in IT and Journalism and dual minored in sports management and sociology. She is excited to get her career started with the dream of working someday for the NFL or ESPN.