A non-profit 501(c)(3) organization focused on helping women of color thrive mentally, physically, & financially. MOCHA has not only created a virtual hot spot for resources, but also the organization offers free consultations for moms and annual events in partnership with other organizations.
Between our events and online presence,
we bring together the community to improve access by highlighting the services that are available.
Growing up, my mother had to work multiple jobs to provide for us. She had had her first child at 17 years young. After I was born, then it was my brother, Jamauriya, and my sister, Malaysia. She has been and will always be my source of inspiration - the strongest woman I know.
I think my mother's super power is building relationships with people. She loves to talk to others, tell jokes, support one another, etc. No matter if it is a stranger in the bank or a childhood friend, my mom will sit there and talk for hours. By the end of the conversation, she's giving them information they needed to get through a hardship or vice versa. My inspiration.
She taught me and my siblings those values - kindness & resourcefulness.
As the big sister, I always do what I can to protect, support and empower my younger brother and sister. With 10 siblings in total from mom and dad, I adore my relationship with each and every one of them. I see the impacts that the system has/has had on our family and I feel destined to lead.
I saw access as an issue and I saw MOCHA By Marie as the solution. Exactly one year after losing my mom's mom to cancer (2018), I filed the paperwork for MOCHA. My grandmother had been to a handful of doctors who continually dismissed her symptoms and ignored her requests for proper care. Then months and months later, they finally told us it was stage 4 lung cancer and she had 30 days to live. If my grandmother, Linda Marie Colvin, had proper access to doctors who did not minimalize her concerns, she might still be here today. She passed on March 27, 2018. I named my one-year old daughter after her, Leilani Anais Marie, and I carry this nonprofit, MOCHA By Marie, as a legacy for her. She was the connector. The community liaison. The advocate. My grandmother.
In middle school, I recognized how your zip code determined access, whether that be to quality schools, grocery stores, hospitals, etc. It is a discussion that is had frequently, but I know personally how severe the consequences can be. The opportunity gap is very, very real.
My mother's father helped me make up my mind when I was about 6 years old. I was going to college. I was going to pursue my dream. Determined to go to the top colleges, I wanted to be challenged. I attended an all women's college, Barnard College of Columbia University in NYC, and Spelman College, an all women's historically black college in Atlanta. I majored in Comparative Women's Studies to essentially come back home and start the Mothers of Color Healing Association.
My life's experiences have given me the vision to create MOCHA By Marie.
Professionally, I made choices that would set me up well to be able to steer this nonprofit in the right direction and make a lasting impact.
Our mailing address is the following:
MOCHA By Marie
1721 Broadway Suite 201
Oakland, CA 94612
You may request more information by contacting us via email at email@example.com or by phone at 510.575.7553.
Special note: Although our headquarters are in Oakland (Alameda County), we do often share resources for San Francisco County and Contra Costa County. As of 01/01/2021, our data shows that we currently serve 200+ mothers who live throughout the Northern California region.
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