Child & Migrant Services, Inc.

Welcome to the website of Child & Migrant Services (CMS), a non-profit that serves migrant and seasonal farm workers 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 vision 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 farm workers.

Through this website, you can see the range of services CMS provides; more important, you will have a glimpse of the lives of migrant and seasonal farm workers 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.  Please join us in celebrating the spirit of this great work. Thank you!

DECEMBER 2014 UPDATE

CHILD & MIGRANT SERVICES (CMS) IS GENERALLY OPEN MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY FROM NOON TO 6:00 PM AND AT OTHER TIMES BY APPOINTMENT, EXCEPT FOR HOLIDAYS.  OUR HOT MEALS PROGRAM HAS ENDED FOR THE SEASON, BUT CMS WILL REMAIN OPEN TO PROVIDE A VARIETY OF SOCIAL AND EDUCATIONAL SERVICES TO  MESA COUNTY’S FARMWORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.  

 WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THE MANY KINDS OF SUPPORT WE RECEIVE TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN! 

FOR OUR MOST CURRENT ACTIVITIES, FIND US ON FACEBOOK:
El Centro de Hospitalidad/Child & Migrant Services
www.facebook.com/palisade.childmigrantservices

To contact us, please send a message through our website, email us at cmspalisade@yahoo.com or call us at 970-464-5226.  Please send any correspondence to PO Box 1038, Palisade, CO 81526.  Mail sent to our street address will be returned to sender by the Post Office.

CHILD & MIGRANT SERVICES NEWS, UPDATED DECEMBER 18,  2014

Child & Migrant Services held its annual Christmas celebration for migrant and seasonal farm workers and their families on Saturday, December 13.  Approximately 100 people attended!  We are grateful to the following individuals, groups and businesses for their support of this event:  many generous gift donors, Palisade Chamber of Commerce,  Palisade High School Spanish Club, Marillac Clinic (especially the Palisade team), Las Golosas Restaurant, El Tapatío Restaurant, Spoons Bistro,  Las Marías Restaurant, Carnicería Sonora (Fruita location) and Diorio’s of Palisade. 

CMS will be open regular hours on Dec. 22 and 23, and from 10 to 2 on Dec. 24, then will close for the rest of the week.  We are still accepting donated NEW toys, clothing and other gifts to distribute to local farm worker families at Christmastime through our Hospitality Center.  Coats, gloves, hats, socks and other items for workers who prune fruit trees in cold weather are especially welcome.

Please contact CMS at 970-464-5226 before delivering your donation!  We want to make sure that someone will be at the office to receive it.  For more information, please call us or email us at cmspalisade@yahoo.com.

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DECEMBER 18 TAMALES UPDATE:   We are out of pork tamales now!  We have one dozen chicken and 1/2 dozen chicken, as well as several dozen vegetarian (vegan) tamales. Please call us at 970-464-5226 to confirm availability before you order. The office will be open from 12 to 6 pm on Dec. 22 and 23.   You may pay in advance via this website, or pay when you pick them up with either cash or check.  We cannot accept credit or debit cards at the Hospitality Center in Palisade.

UNFORTUNATELY, WE ARE NO LONGER ABLE TO DELIVER TAMALES FOR PICK UP IN GRAND JUNCTION.

We will take a break from making tamales for approximately two months, so check in with us next year regarding plans for the next batch.

All tamales are $15 per dozen.  Proceeds from tamales sales benefit the work of CMS.

Visit the “Tamales” heading for more information about our frozen tamales’ ingredients and to order online.

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