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NAEHCY Best Targeted Campaign 2015, for the HEAR US documentary Worn Out Welcome Mat - Kansas, depicting families and youth in doubled up homelessness.

osf moes award

Mother Alfred Moes award, Joliet Franciscan Sisters, presented to Diane in Oct. 2015, honoring Diane's decades of efforts serving homeless families and youth. 

Diane was joined by many of her HEAR US board members, Pat LaMarche (Babe of Wrath), and several of her high school and college teachers. 

Sister Clare Award

University of St. Francis


University of St. Francis, Joliet IL, Diane's alma mater, presented her with the esteemed Sister Clare Award (March 2014)

The Sister Clare Award:
Given in the spirit of Clare of Assisi, this award recognizes women of vision who have transformed the world in their time. Potential nominees must be women who make a positive, transformative impact in the community; inspire and serve as role models for other women; and are committed to nature, the planet and/or society.

In honor of this award, an anonymous donor offered a $10,000 challenge grant. A tremendous outpouring of support--from Diane's high school teachers, students she taught decades ago, and a wide range of friends and believers--enabled HEAR US to match the grant, raising $20,000 for future projects.

Interview on USF TV station (March 2014)

THN 2013 

In Sept. 2013, Diane received the Texas Homeless Network's highest honor, the Kathy Reid Award.


In November 2012, back in Naperville, IL, Diane's work was honored by The Education Center. She received the Kids' Best Friend award, their top honor. She's pictured here with HEAR US board members Rita Sullivan, Helen Jilek OSB, and (seated) Pat Van Doren. 


Bridge Communities recognized Diane's work with their Lives Transformed award in April 2012.


Top honors from the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (2012)

Diane was presented with the Sandra Neese Lifetime Achievement Award for her many accomplishments in the past 3 decades.

Dr. Laura Vazquez (right), professor from Northern Illinois University whose immeasurable contributions to the HEAR US film efforts from the beginning, received NAEHCY's Distinguished Service and Leadership Award.




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