Child & Migrant Services, Inc.
Child & Migrant Services (CMS) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that serves migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families in Mesa County, Colorado. CMS is located in the town of Palisade, a charming small community nestled in the midst of beautiful orchards and vineyards.
CMS is the vision of three women who, in 1954, began to dedicate their lives to this great work. Their efforts started around a kitchen table and led to the mobilization of local churches to provide food, clothing and other items to meet basic needs of farmworkers.
CMS still provides assistance with basic needs, as well as social and educational activities. CMS offers information and referral to community resources and helps farmworkers to access medical and dental services.
Through this website you will get a glimpse of the lives of migrant and seasonal farmworkers in Colorado, their contribution to Western Colorado’s economy and how much CMS means to them.
The Hospitality Center, where CMS is housed, is a welcoming community center. It is a resource center and an oasis for those who have traveled far to work in the fields and orchards of Western Colorado.
HOURS: Monday through Thursday from 12:00 to 6:00 PM and at other times by appointment. Occasionally we must briefly close the office during our regular business hours in order to assist clients off site, or for other purposes.
LOCATION: The Hospitality Center at 721 Peach Ave. in Palisade.
CMS is on FACEBOOK:
El Centro de Hospitalidad/Child & Migrant Services
Email: email@example.com or through this website.
Correspondence: PO Box 1038, Palisade, CO 81526. Mail sent to our street address is usually returned to sender by the Post Office.
The MIGRANT MINISTRY COMMUNITY THRIFT SHOP, located next door to CMS at 721 Peach Ave. is open from 1:00 to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.
Thrift Shop phone number: 970-464-1187
Please bring donations of small household items and gently used clothing ONLY during the Thrift Shop’s business hours.
Thrift Shop proceeds benefit CMS and other local charitable organizations and programs.
CHILD & MIGRANT SERVICES NEWS
Tamales Available for purchase at CMS on May 1
We just made about 60 dozen pork, chicken and vegetarian tamales. We have some bags with 6 pork and 6 chicken tamales.
The tamales will be frozen and ready for purchase by the dozen on Monday, May 1.
GOOD TO KNOW: Our loyal customers have spoken and we have listened. You wanted a little more meat in the tamales, and we instructed our tamales construction crew (wonderful volunteers including students from Collbran Job Corps) to be more generous with the fillings.
Result: positive feedback and more repeat customers. “Your tamales are absolutely delicious” and “the amount of filling was just right” were two of the comments we received.
ON MAY 1, FROZEN TAMALES WILL AGAIN BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE CMS HOSPITALITY CENTER, 721 PEACH AVE. IN PALISADE OR MAY BE PRE-ORDERED FOR PICK UP IN GRAND JUNCTION.
CMS HOURS: Monday through Thursday 12:00 to 6:00 pm, and by appointment. (We’re often at the office in the morning, but not always. If you would like to purchase tamales in the morning, please call in advance.)
All varieties cost $17 per dozen.
Please pay with cash or check at the CMS Hospitality Center or pay online (look under TAMALES heading) before you pick up your order.
FOR PICK UP IN GRAND JUNCTION: place your order online or contact CMS by email or phone if you would like to pre-order and mail us a check. We’ll deliver your order to the Chopstik Express restaurant at 1037 North Ave. across from Colorado Mesa University. Orders are usually delivered to the restaurant Saturday afternoons unless other arrangements have been made.
Weekly meal program for farmworkers starts Wednesday, April 19
Many migrant farmworkers have returned to the area in recent weeks, first giving fruit trees their annual “haircut” and then thinning out blossoms, which appeared well ahead of schedule this year.
Workers and growers are keeping watch and hoping that a damaging freeze will not occur.
It has been good to see familiar faces returning to the Hospitality Center for resources, connection and camaraderie, as well as to meet new friends. Monthly meals and informational meetings were provided during February and March.
Starting April 19, CMS will offer a hot home-style meal to farmworkers and their immediate family members on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6:00 pm. Volunteers to help with meal preparation, service and clean-up are welcome. Bonus: volunteers get to enjoy our cook María’s delicious authentic Mexican dishes! Please call us at 970-464-5226 for more information.
Meals for farmworkers and families will be offered several times per week—Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 4 to 6 pm—starting in June and continuing through August.
Follow-up Community Workshop to address
Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking
On March 4, CMS collaborated with several community organizations to offer a community workshop in Spanish on how to combat and respond to domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. A follow-up workshop, also in Spanish, is being planned and will be scheduled during coming weeks. Please contact CMS for more information.
The Western Colorado Center for Children offered a concurrent session to participants’ kids during the March 4 workshop, teaching them techniques for staying safe.