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Queen City Mocha Moms

Mission and Purpose


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 work 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.


The organization is essential because historically, mothers of color, particularly African-American mothers, have not had the opportunity to devote the majority of their time to caring for their own families. Mocha Moms, Inc. serves as an advocate for those mothers and encourages the spirit of community activism within its membership. In 2006, Mocha Moms, Inc. adopted the community service initiative entitled Closing the Gap on Minority Achievement which focuses on the health, educational and financial disparities which currently exist in our country. We are honored to partner with:

  • America’s Promise Alliance

  • Black Women’s Health Imperative

  • Boys Booked on Barbershops

  • National Cares Mentoring Movement Scholastic, Inc.

  • National Institute for Literacy

  • National Marrow Donor Program

  • Zero to Three




In May 1997, Jolene Ivey and Karla Chutz began publishing a newsletter called "Mocha Moms" in the hopes of connecting with other mothers of color across the country that were taking time off their careers to raise their children.  The newsletter was intended to encourage these mothers to feel good about their choice and to provide informationto enrich their parenting experience.  The first Mocha Moms newletter was published in the spring of 1997 and was distracted to over 100 mothers nationwide.


By June of 1997, Jolene and Karla teamed up with Cheli English-Figaro to make Mocha Moms a national support organization.  The first chapter was established in Prince George's County, Maryland.  Joby Dupree came on board as the fourth founder in the fall of 1997 and Mocha Moms, Inc was born.  Mocha Moms, Inc was born.  Mocha Moms, Inc. was incorporated in 1999 and received 501 (c) (3) non-profit status in January 2002. 

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Disclaimer: The National Chapter of Mocha Moms, Inc. is not responsible for the design and content of these web pages. They are the sole responsibility of Mocha Moms of Charlotte, N.C.

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