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 Update: May 24, 2017

tamales grand junction coWe are making pork, chicken and vegetarian tamales today, May 24. If you would like to purchase some before we put them in the freezer, please call us at (970) 464-5226 to place your order.



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.


CMS HOURS: Monday through Thursday 12:00 to 6:00 pm, and by appointment.  (We’re happy to make appointments to meet with you in the morning or on Friday.)

All varieties cost $17 per dozen.

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

FOR PICK UP IN GRAND JUNCTION: place your order online or contact CMS by email or phone if you would like to pre-order and mail us a check.  We’ll deliver your order to the Chopstik Express restaurant at 1037 North Ave. across from Colorado Mesa University.  Orders are usually delivered to the restaurant Saturday afternoons unless other arrangements have been made.

Weekly meal program for farmworkers continues through May, then will expand during summer harvest months

Many migrant farmworkers have returned to the area in recent weeks, first giving fruit trees their annual “haircut” and then thinning out blossoms, which  appeared well ahead of schedule this year.


It has been good to see familiar faces returning to the Hospitality Center for resources, connection and camaraderie, as well as to meet new friends. Monthly meals and informational meetings were provided during February and March.

CMS began providing a weekly hot home-style meal to farmworkers and their immediate family members in mid-April, on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6:00 pm.   Volunteers to help with meal preparation, service and clean-up are welcome.  Bonus: volunteers get to enjoy our cook María’s delicious authentic Mexican dishes! Please call us at 970-464-5226 for more information.

Meals for farmworkers and families will be offered several times per week—Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 4 to 6 pm—starting in June and continuing through August.

Moms and kids enjoyed celebration of Mother’s Day

On May 11, about 50 mothers and kids had a terrific time at CMS’ celebration of Mother’s Day.  Thanks to the contributions of individuals and several organizations, our guests enjoyed great food, games, raffle prizes and a pinata just for the moms.

We appreciate the contributions of the Palisade Seventh Day Adventist Church, which provided decorations and table settings, and Coffee and Civic Action group participants,  who provided beautiful gift bags and practical gift items for women who work in agriculture.