The Queens, NY Chapter of Mocha Moms, Inc. is a support group for mothers of color who have chosen not to work full-time outside of the home in order to devote more time to their families and communities. While many of our members have eliminated employment altogether, others still work full time, part-time, flex-time, 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. Our 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. Our purpose is to foster a nurturing environment where we can share the concerns and challenges of raising children, maintaining our families and ourselves, hoping to create a village of support that extends beyond meetings. Many of us have grown weary being the only black Mom at story time, swim class, etc, we seek to build a community of inclusion to help alleviate the isolation and loneness both stay-at-home and working mothers of color may feel navigating through the adventures of motherhood. Mocha Moms Welcomes people of all religions, races, educational backgrounds and income levels. Mocha Moms, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Mocha Moms, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic level, education, or religion. Anyone who supports the mission and purpose of Mocha Moms, Inc. is welcome to join. For the detailed national mission statement and anti-discrimination language see the national website: www.mochamoms.org Our National History Mocha Moms, Inc. began with the publishing of a newsletter called Mocha Moms in the hopes of connecting at-home mothers of color with each other. 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. It was distributed to over 100 moms across the country in the spring of 1997. During the summer of 1997, moms in Prince George’s County, Maryland decided to form a support group called Mocha Moms, Inc. There are now over 100 chapters of Mocha Moms, Inc. 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.