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*On this date in 1997, Mocha Moms, Inc. began. They are a support group for non-white mothers who have chosen not to work full-time outside of the home in order to devote more time to their families and communities.
The first support group meeting was held in Cheverly, MD. There are now over 100 chapters throughout the United States and the organization is continually growing and evolving to meet the needs of our moms, their families, and the communities they live in. Mocha Moms, Inc. began with the publishing of a newsletter called Mocha Moms in the hopes of connecting with other at-home mothers of color across the country. The newsletter was intended to encourage these mothers to feel good about their choice as well as to provide information to help them be the best and most important influence in their children’s lives.
In their beginning, the Mocha News was distributed to over 100 moms across the country in the spring of 1997. From this newsletter, the original moms decided to form a support group called Mocha Moms, Inc. Mocha Moms, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization. Mocha Moms, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, sex, gender, socio-economic level, education, or religion. Anyone who supports the mission and purpose of Mocha Moms, Inc. is welcome to join. Their platform contains seven main issues or pillars:
1. The first is non-exclusivity.
2. Community activism and the spirit of volunteerism
3. Support for work-at-home mothers:
5. A strong commitment to marriage and to the support of our husbands:
6. Self-care and taking time for ourselves - mind, body, and spirit:
7. The education of our children:
Community service and outreach are a key part of Mocha Moms, Inc. Each local chapter of Mocha Moms, Inc. is required to perform two community service projects each year, one of which must focus on the National Community Service Initiative. While many of their members have eliminated employment altogether, others work part-time, flextime, night shifts, have home-based businesses, consult or freelance from home or have chosen alternative, less demanding career paths so that they are more available to their families.
Their goal is to support the decisions made by our members. We will never pass judgment on mothers who choose to make or are forced to make different decisions for their families. Mocha Moms welcomes people of all religions, races, educational backgrounds, and income levels. Anyone who supports the mission of Mocha Moms is welcome to join. Mocha Moms’ National Board meets regularly to determine ways to assist local chapters in their efforts to support members, plan national community service projects and events, establish policies and procedures, and assist in the formation of chapters and much more.