The Rescue Mission family mourns the recent passing of our good friend, Silvio Di Loreto. In the mid 80’s, we were a 20-year-old organization that had outgrown its first two rented homes and was in need of a permanent facility. The search for the right location became challenging and reached an impasse until Silvio, owner of Sunset Realty, proposed that the City make a lot on Yanonali Street and facilitated the purchase transaction that gave us the home we’ve been in since.
I wonder whether Silvio and those involved actually envisioned what a special place they had a hand in creating. In the last 30 years, we have provided 3 million meals and 1.7 million nights of shelter for people who would otherwise have gone without. In recent years, over 700 people have found hope in the struggle against addiction by graduating from our treatment program.
For his instrumental role in providing our community with such a place of hope and recovery, we were pleased to rightly honor Silvio with the Leni Fe Bland Award at our annual Bayou benefit this past fall. We continue to be grateful to him and extend our deepest condolences to his friends and family.