Mocha Moms’ Meetups Empower West County Women

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By Kathy Chouteau

What do you get when you mix moms, meetups and multicultural empowerment? The West Contra Costa Mocha Moms group, that’s what.

The Rich Life recently got to know the moms to find out what they are all about. The local Mocha Moms group, a regional chapter of a national organization, is made up of multicultural moms looking for some “me time” while also supporting their families. Most of this self-care time happens via the chapter’s many gatherings, support groups or community events.

While most of Mocha Moms’ members hail from Richmond, the group welcomes moms from all over Contra Costa County and the East Bay. As fate would have it, there’s a prime opportunity coming up to join their group and enjoy its many benefits.

On Oct. 27, 2018, Mocha Moms will be hosting a “Membership Drive” from 1-3 p.m. in the E.M. Downer Community Room at Mechanics Bank, 3190 Klose Way, Richmond. Aside from signing up new members (membership is $50/year), the gathering will include appetizers, cocktails and a variety of raffle prizes—including one membership.

“It’s open to anyone who wants to find out more about Mocha Moms and who might want to be a member,” said Timiza Johnson, Mocha Moms’ chapter president. “It’s a really warm and welcoming group of women.”

Events and mom-to-mom support are at the heart of Mocha Moms’ offerings. Aside from their annual Membership Drive, the group also hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including an ongoing Support & Play Group from 9-11 a.m. every first and third Tuesday of the month at the PRAM Fieldhouse in Point Richmond.

There are also weekend groups for working moms, various community and holiday events and—of course—an annual “Moms Night Out” the Thursday before Mother’s Day in May. It’s the chapter’s only fundraiser and it’s usually held at Riggers Loft in Richmond.

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According to Johnson, prospective members can attend two Mocha Moms’ events before deciding whether or not to join.

Mocha Moms was originally established on the East Coast as a way for stay-at-home moms of color to get out of the house. As the concept caught on and more women wanted to participate—helped, in part, by some Oprah air time—the group evolved to become a multicultural organization welcoming women of all stages of motherhood.

“We do things with our children because it makes it convenient, but for the most part, it’s about the well-being of the mother,” said Johnson. “In our chapter we even have a mom with grandchildren and another who has one of her children married.”

So what does the chapter’s president personally like the most about Mocha Moms? “It’s the sisterhood,” said Johnson. “It’s knowing that, when you’re a new mom, it’s nice to know that someone else’s kid isn’t sleeping through the night. Or someone else’s child hates getting their hair combed. Just being able to get out of the house and know that there’s something on the calendar to go to.”

“Now, these [people] are all family. Our kids call our mocha sisters their aunts and our husbands get along really well. So it’s really about family,” added Johnson.

Want to learn more about the West Contra Costa Mocha Moms? Visit their website here.

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