January 29, 2017

A Mother’s Journey [Part 37]: The growing pains

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Giselle Rivera-Flores / For Worcester Sun

One of The Learning Hub's repeat students at Worcester Public Library.

Editor’s note: Since September 2015, Worcester Sun has chronicled the trials, tribulations and triumphs of Sun contributor Giselle Rivera-Flores as she explores ways to help her daughter and other Worcester families find affordable educational support and assistance. We used to describe her as an aspiring business owner; now, she’s an inspiring one, a full-fledged director of a nonprofit tutoring collaborative that began officially in late January 2016 but has transformed considerably since. During her journey she has, you could say, stepped beyond the walls of her dream.

Giselle Rivera-Flores

Worcester Public Library, Wayland Free Public Library and Lincoln Public Library are among the first libraries to have added The Learning Hub’s maker programs to their children’s activity calendars.

And while the growing success of The Learning Hub is one to be proud of, it comes with a revolving list of challenges. Converting an idea into a viable business sounds like the toughest part of being an entrepreneur, but as time passes, I continue to learn that keeping things afloat is harder than anyone could have told me.

Whether I am battling to add grant money to the budget to maintain enough materials for a year-long program, or passing out flyers looking for volunteers, I am, more often than not, a one-woman show trying to keep hold of all the loose ends.

I am the marketing department. I am human resources. I am the web developer. I am the teacher. I am the program coordinator. But most of all, I am the only one at the end of the day who scratches off all the things from the to-do list.

I am a big believer in being self-sufficient and relying on your own talents, but I am becoming forcefully aware that I am only one person — and that has limitations.

Read Giselle’s previous chapter, The model students, or scroll down to explore more of her story

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