"As a black woman in Washington County, it's the exception and not the rule when my kids and I aren't the only African Americans in the room at any given moment," says LaRonda Famodu, president of the Portland Metro Chapter of Mocha Moms, Inc. "I barely notice it any more, but it was a big shock when we moved here from the Washington, D.C., area a few years ago. And while I have great neighbors and have made awesome friends, sometimes I need a little more of a cultural connection, and that's where Mocha Moms comes in."
To help other mothers in search of more cultural connections for themselves or their children, Portland Metro Mocha Moms is hosting its first open house of 2009 on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Milagros Boutique, 5433 NE 30th Ave.
All are invited to attend and learn more about the organization.
Refreshments will be served, while supplies last. For additional information regarding the open house or the Mocha Moms, Inc., chapter in Portland, Oregon, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.portlandmochas.org.
Mocha Moms, Inc., was founded in 1997 by four mothers of color in Maryland who saw the need for a growing segment of stay-at-home mothers of color to connect and support each other.
Today, the fast-growing, national, nonprofit organization has more than 100 chapters and 3,000 members throughout the country.
The primary mission of Mocha Moms, Inc., is to support and encourage women of color who are making parenting a priority in this season in their lives. Its platform includes strengthening marriages and families, promoting self-care, strong educational foundations, and volunteerism.
Mocha Moms, Inc., welcomes people of all genders, religions, races, educational backgrounds, and income levels. Anyone who supports the mission of Mocha Moms, Inc., is welcome to join.
Mocha Moms, Inc., has been featured on ABC's Nightline, Good Morning America, and The Oprah Winfrey Show, as well as in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Essence, Ebony, and JET.