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.

pickerCMS 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.

General Information

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.

HOT MEAL PROGRAM for farm workers and their families: a hot, home-style meal prepared in CMS’ kitchen is offered from 4-6 pm on Wednesdays during September.  Farmworkers may contact the CMS office for a round-trip ride to the meal.

LOCATION: The Hospitality Center at 721 Peach Ave. in Palisade.

Phone: 970-464-5226

El Centro de Hospitalidad/Child & Migrant Services

Email: 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.  This terrific little shop—staffed entirely by volunteers— is full of treasures! 

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.



Thanks to all who helped with and attended the farewell &  worker appreciation party on Aug. 31

CMS hosted its annual despedida (farewell) and appreciation party for the migrant and seasonal farm workers who labored in the area this year on August 31 at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Palisade.

We enjoyed food, games, a baile folklorico performance by dance troupe Nueva Generación, and more!   There are many great photos of the event on our Facebook page— thanks to Jim Cox of JC Photography as well as other folks— check them out at



Meals for farmworkers—“Muy buena comida”—at CMS every Wednesday in September

The summer harvest season is drawing to a close. During September, meals will be offered on Wednesdays only.  All summer long, the meals attracted folks hungry for home-style cooking at the end of the long, hot workday.

CMS handed out numerous health and hygiene kits to those arriving in the area and provided access to our food pantry as well as recreational activities.


A huge thank you to the volunteers who help with meal preparation, service and clean up!





Tamales Update: Pork tamales SOLD OUT, chicken and veggie tamales available for purchase

tamales grand junction coSept. 19, 2017: We are out of pork tamales and have a limited supply of chicken and vegetarian (vegan) tamales available for purchase at the CMS Hospitality Center in Palisade.  They may be pre-ordered for pickup in Grand Junction.

We will make more tamales at CMS on Friday, September 22. Please let us know if you would like to join the fun and help out! Fresh tamales will be ready for purchase late in the afternoon on Sept. 22.  Please call our office if you would like further information on their availability.

Except on the day they are made,  we sell all tamales frozen, by the dozen.

Purchase tamales at the CMS Hospitality Center, 721 Peach Ave. in Palisade, Monday through Thursday between 12 and 6 pm. If those hours are not convenient, we’ll be happy to make an appointment to meet you in the morning or on a Friday for your tamales purchase.

Tamales may also be pre-ordered for pick up in Grand Junction at Chopstik Express restaurant, 1037 North Ave. (across from Colorado Mesa University).  To order online, please see TAMALES tab above.

GOOD TO KNOW: Our loyal customers have spoken and we have listened. You wanted a little more meat in the tamales, and we are instructing 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.

Need further information?  Please email or call the CMS office at (970) 464-5226.

Proceeds from tamales sales benefit the programs of CMS.