j-riveraHave a question about The Studio at Billings Forge? Juan Rivera probably has the answer.

“I manage The Studio on weekends when there’s activities,” Juan said. “I love this job.” Juan is responsible for overseeing the weekend use of The Studio for private rentals such as baby showers, and birthday parties. He makes sure that the space is used safely, answers questions, and makes sure the space is ready for the next day.

Billings Forge Community Works (BFCW) operates The Studio, a 2,600-square-foot multipurpose space for BFCW’s community-based programs and performances, as the winter home of The Farmers’ Market at Billings Forge and for outside rentals.

Juan and his family — wife Ruth Sanchez and step-children Elba and Axel Diaz — have lived in Frog Hollow for nine years. Juan has two sons, one lives in Puerto Rico and the other in North Carolina.

BFCW is making a difference in his life, Juan said..

“I was out of work due to a small accident at [his maintenance] job,” he said. “Now my part-time job at The Studio helps me out a lot.”

“BFCW has helped me and continues to help me financially with the odds jobs that I do for them,” he said. “I would like you to know that BFCW helps people to seek employment, to study, to have knowledge about how to find housing.”

Juan said he started volunteering at The Farmers’ Market, The Studio, the Clubhouse and BFCW’s Farm to Table fundraising dinner. “I just offered myself to help in 2010. It all started from there. And I’m still working for BFCW.”

He gives BFCW high points for its community involvement with its various programs.

“BFCW is very essential for the whole community.”