CLESE Accomplishments

  • 1993 – CLESE receives the Brookdale Award for its pioneering work in developing homecare training material and in serving ethnic clients with workers of the same language and culture.
  • 1994 – CLESE wins an award from the Health Care Financing Administration for success in improving the lives of seniors.
  • 1997- CLESE wins the “Innovations in Caregiving Award” from the National Council on Aging.
  • 1999 – CLESE convenes a Multicultural Senior Conference at the Chicago Yacht Club that enables 220 elderly to converse with elected officials and authorities.
  • 2000 – CLESE is the subject of the first “Spotlight” on the Administration on Aging’s website.
  • 2004 – Rosemary Gemperle, the Executive Director, receives the “Governor’s Award” at the annual Governor’s Conference on Aging shortly before her retirement.
  • 2005 – CLESE is awarded the American Society on Aging’s 2005 Healthcare and Aging Award for the Alzheimer’s Disease Project.
  • 2005 – Executive Director of CLESE Beth O’Grady is named a Delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging and attends the historic conference.
  • 2008 – CLESE is awarded the NOMA (Network of Multicultural Aging) award by the American Society on Aging and the National Council on Aging sponsored by the AARP for its innovative project Depression in Ethnic Elderly: Toward Understanding, Acceptance and Treatment.
  • 2009 – CLESE is awarded the John Feather Diversity Award by Grantmakers in Aging for working in cooperation with local ethnic providers and state agencies to improve the lives of Illinois’ limited English-speaking elderly immigrants, refugees and migrant workers.