TOWN OF PAMELIA, N.Y. (WWNY) - The Credo Farm is where Jim Scordo first became an ally to people suffering from substance abuse.
“I wanted to be in a role where I could make a difference and impact individuals,” he said.
And that’s what Scordo did for 37 years. For 30 of those years, he served as Credo Community Center’s executive director.
Now Scordo is retiring. John Wilson, who been with the organization for more than 20 years, will replace him.
“It’s kind of bittersweet because I’ve spent a lot of time and part of my life out here at Credo and associated with it. I’ve got nothing but found memories. I’ve impacted thousands individual’s lives and I feel good about that,” said Scordo.
Credo has grown over the years, adding other residential and outpatient programs. Last year, Scordo says more than 1,000 people were helped, but he says his biggest accomplishment in his career was overcoming the fire that burned down Credo’s barn in 1989.
“There was already talk by the end of the day of plans to rebuild that we are going to do an old fashion barn raising and here we are five months later,” he said back in 1989.
It took just two days to construct a new one.
“That’s kinda the history of Credo; this community has stood us by us and supported us in our efforts,” he said.
On Thursday, Credo Farm will be holding an open house from 2 to 4:30 p.m. to show its new horse therapy program. There will also be a retirement celebration for Scordo.