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!

General Information

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.

The Migrant Ministry Community Thrift Shop, located next door to CMS at 721 Peach Ave. in Palisade is open 1:00 to 4:30 pm Monday and Friday, and 1:00 to 6:00 pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. 

The phone number for the Thrift Shop is 970-464-1187.   Proceeds benefit CMS and other local charitable organizations and programs.



QUEMANDO 2015 photo

Saturday, July 9: Benefit concert for CMS featuring QUEMANDO, “Colorado’s Hottest Salsa Band” at Grande River Vineyards

It’s not too early to start practicing your dance moves for this highly anticipated annual event: “Celebrating the Hands That Harvest–Las Manos Que Cosechan.” This evening concert features food, music, dancing and wine! 

Alpine Bank has once again agreed to be the benefit concert’s title sponsor—we at CMS greatly appreciate their support, as well as the support of these businesses and others:

The Palisade Café 11.0

JUAN Radio 104.7

Mesa County Migrant Ministry Community Thrift Shop

Forté Farms

Rancho Durazno

St. Mary’s Hospital

It’s not too late to sponsor! There are several levels of sponsorship, including Grape, which offers two complimentary tickets and inclusion in a Thank You advertisement for only $100.
Tickets are now available at Grande River Vineyards, Fisher’s Liquor Barn, Enstrom Candies in Grand Junction and Fruita, the Palisade Chamber of Commerce and at the CMS office.  They are $18 in advance, $24 at the door.

See the BENEFIT CONCERT page for more event details and to purchase tickets or become a concert sponsor online.


tamales grand junction coTAMALES UPDATE:  We have PORK,  CHICKEN and VEGETARIAN tamales available for purchase.

The tamales are sold frozen and cost $17 per dozen.  Pay with cash or check at the CMS Hospitality Center.

You may pre-order tamales for pick up at Chopstix Express restaurant in Grand Junction 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.



IMG_3123Here’s a shout-out to long-time friends and new friends who have come through with donations of food,  health and hygiene items, clothing and other goods for migrant and settled farmworkers.  Throughout May, CMS will receive food and clothing donated by employees of regional Wells Fargo banks.  Philip and Daniel delivered many boxes and bags of food and clothing earlier this month.

In part due to the recent rainy weather reducing work hours, farmworker families have been utilizing CMS’ food bank more than in previous months. We thank the local chapter of American Baptist Women, the Palisade Seventh Day Adventist Church and a number of individuals who have donated much-needed food recently. We are especially in need of canned vegetables such as whole corn, tomatoes, peas, and mixed vegetables.

IMG_3184The members of Church Women United continued their annual tradition of donating individual “health and hygiene kits” for migrant workers who start to arrive in this area in May.  The bags are filled with shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, washcloths and other handy travel-sized items.  Approximately 160 bags were delivered to CMS on May 16.


job corps april 2016 floor Another shout-out goes to Collbran Job Corps students and their instructor, who did an outstanding job of repairing the floor at CMS  and then stripping, waxing and buffing it on April 16.  The floor in our dining area still looks gorgeous! We appreciate their donation of materials, time, talent and energy!