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. 

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.

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.


tamales grand junction co


HOURS: Monday through Thursday 12:00 to 6:00 pm—but if we’re experiencing a winter storm and/or road conditions are really bad, please call 970-464-5226 to confirm that the office is open. We may be available at other times by appointment.

Pork, chicken and vegetarian (vegan) tamales are available.  We have several bags with six pork and six chicken tamales.  All varieties cost $17 per dozen.

Please pay with cash or check at the CMS Hospitality Center or pay online (under TAMALES heading) before you pick up your order.  

Contact CMS by email or phone if you would like to pick up your tamales order in Grand Junction.  We’ll schedule a delivery of your order to the Chopstik Express restaurant at 1037 North Ave. across from Colorado Mesa University.


CMS seeks a highly motivated and dedicated person (or persons) to perform Community Health Worker duties on a part time, seasonal basis.

The ideal candidate will be fluent in Spanish and English and will be able to quickly gain the confianza (trust) of migrant and seasonal farmworkers in order to help them access health care services and other community resources.

The position requires flexible hours, and the greatest amount of work will be performed during spring and summer months, when the majority of the migrant population is in the area before and during the harvest.

If interested, please send a resumé or C.V. to CMS at or by mail to CMS/P.O. Box 1038/Palisade, CO 81526.  No phone calls, please.



All Christmas gifts received for kids of migrant and seasonal farmworkers have been distributed to families. Parents have expressed amazement and gratitude for the thoughtful and beautifully wrapped gifts, and thank everyone who generously donated.

Many people pitched in as Santa’s surrogate elves to make this program successful. A huge Thank You to the Palisade Chamber of Commerce  for providing the Giving Tree once again this year, and to Jen and Dave of Palisade Velo for transporting the gifts to CMS and for doing your part to help keep kids active. 

We also received a lot of warm winter clothing via the Palisade High School Interact club and other helpful donors, and some great refurbished bikes from Rapid Creek Cycles in Palisade.  Gracias! 


CMS hosted a Christmas Party for the farmworker community in Palisade on Sunday, December 18 from 2-5 pm. 

Once again, Palisade High School students—members of the Cross Cultural Club and of the Spanish Club—and staff collaborated with us to make the event extra special.

CMS served two huge pots of pozole prepared in our kitchen as well as several trays of delicious chiles rellenos donated by Spoons Bistro to go with the potluck dishes provided by guests.  There was everything from ensalada de nopalitos to the best buñuelos you ever tasted.

PHS students played musical chairs and other games with the kids until it was time for piñatas and finally a visit from Papá Noel, AKA Santa Claus (AKA our own “don Ricardo,” but don’t tell the kids that).

Merry Christmas to all and Feliz Navidad a todos!  Best wishes to all for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2017.