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!

Benefit concert for CMS presented by Alpine Bank featuring “Quemando”

QUEMANDO 2015 photo

Quemando Annual Benefit Concert Tickets

DATE: Saturday, July 11

LOCATION: Grande River Vineyards, in Palisade off of I-70 at Exit 42

TIME: Gates open at 6:30 pm. Show starts at 7:30 pm.  Free dance lesson by La Puerta dance studio at 7:00 pm


**Ticket pick up at Will Call table at the concert, with driver’s license or other proper form of ID.

**If cancellation is required, please consider ticket purchase a donation to CMS.

General Information

Child & Migrant Services (CMS) is normally open Monday through Thursday from 12:00 to 6:00 PM  and at other times by appointment.  Sometimes we must briefly close the office during our regular business hours in order to assist clients off site, or for other purposes.

CMS  provides a variety of vital services to Mesa County’s farmworkers and their family members throughout the year at the Hospitality Center in Palisade.  WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THE MANY KINDS OF SUPPORT WE RECEIVE TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN. 

El Centro de Hospitalidad/Child & Migrant Services

Contact us at 970-464-5226, email or through this website.   Please send any correspondence to PO Box 1038, Palisade, CO 81526.  Mail sent to our street address is usually returned to sender by the Post Office.

THRIFT SHOP: The Migrant Ministry Community Thrift Shop, located next door to CMS at 721 Peach Ave. in Palisade,  is open from 1:00 to 4:30 pm Mondays and Fridays, and from 1:00 to 6:00 pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the summer.  The phone number for the Thrift Shop is 464-1187.  Come and check out the many great bargains!  Proceeds benefit CMS and other local programs.


Our annual benefit concert “Celebrate the Hands that Harvest (las Manos que Cosechan)” is almost here!   QUEMANDO, “Colorado’s Hottest Salsa Band,”  will take the stage at 7:30 pm on Saturday July 11 at Grande River Vineyards. Join us for music, dancing and great Mexican food at this lovely outdoor concert venue.

Tickets are $18 in advance and $24 at the gate, and may be purchased at Grande River Vineyards, Fisher’s Liquor Barn, Roper Music, and the Palisade Chamber of Commerce.

CMS thanks Alpine Bank for presenting the event, and  Quemando is brought to you by JUAN 104.7.  Other major sponsors include:  Mesa County Migrant Ministry Thrift Shop, Forté Farms, Rancho Durazno and St. Mary’s Hospital.

TAMALES UPDATE, JULY 3, 2015:   We have just a few dozen pork tamales available for purchase.  We will make another batch of pork, chicken and vegetarian tamales on July 9, in prepartion for the concert.  Please call us if you would like to get some before we put them in the freezer: 970-464-5226. Tamales cost $17 per dozen.

You may pre-order tamales for pick up at Chopstik Express restaurant in Grand Junction.  It’s at 1037 North Ave., across from Colorado Mesa University.  Please pre-order online or by sending a check to CMS.  Chopstik Express does not take any tamales orders.

Proceeds from tamales sales benefit the work of CMS.  Visit the “Tamales” heading for more information about our frozen tamales’ ingredients.


Our summer hot meal program has begun, and we are serving a meal every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4:30 to 6:00 pm at CMS’ Hospitality Center in Palisade.  About 60-70 farmworkers join us for the meal each day.  We welcome donations of food and funds to help put these meals on the table and provide transportation for workers who need a ride.

We need volunteers to help prepare and serve meals!  Kitchen help is needed in the early afternoon on the days we prepare meals and servers and people to wash dishes in the late afternoon and early evening are also needed.  Volunteers get a delicious home-style meal in addition to the position’s many intangible benefits.   Contact us for more information on how you can be a part of our team.