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

CHILD & MIGRANT SERVICES (CMS) IS GENERALLY OPEN MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY FROM NOON TO 6:00 PM AND AT OTHER TIMES BY APPOINTMENT.  ONCE IN A WHILE, WE HAVE TO CLOSE THE OFFICE DURING THOSE HOURS IN ORDER TO ASSIST CLIENTS OFF-SITE, ATTEND MEETINGS, OR FOR STAFF TRAINING.

THROUGHOUT THE WINTER AND SPRING,  CMS WILL PROVIDE A VARIETY OF  VITAL SERVICES TO  MESA COUNTY’S FARM WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES AT THE HOSPITALITY CENTER.

 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.

GOOD TO KNOW: The Migrant Ministry Community Thrift Shop, located next door to CMS,  is open from 1:00 to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.  It will be closed March 23 through March 27 for “spring cleaning” and to put out new merchandise.  On March 30, come and check out the new items and many great bargains!

CHILD & MIGRANT SERVICES NEWS: March 2015

TAMALES UPDATE:   Sorry, folks, tamales are still SOLD OUT.  Our cook is still in Mexico, and we have discovered that there is no substitute for her expertise. We await her return in April. We appreciate the patience of our loyal customers!

The good news is that we will probably be able to deliver tamales to Grand Junction for customer pick up again, once our production of tamales resumes.   Please continue to check this website or call us at 970-464-5226 for an update.

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

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JOIN US AT DOS HOMBRES IN CLIFTON ON MARCH 25: “GIVEBACK WEDNESDAY” FUNDRAISER BENEFITS CMS

MARCH 25:  Enjoy a meal of delicious Tex-Mex food and support CMS at the same time!   From 4:00 to 9:00 pm, diners at the Clifton Dos Hombres, 3245 I-70 Business Loop, may request that 10% of their total bill go to benefit CMS.

Members of CMS’ Board of Directors and staff will be on hand to provide program information and updates.

We’ll also be celebrating Farm Worker Awareness Week, March 24-31.

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Be sure to check out the Heritage Rendezvous exhibit at the Museum of Western Colorado in Grand Junction between February 20 and May 2.  The theme of this year’s exhibit is “Working on the Western Slope,” so you know that farm workers and other migrant laborers have a major role to play.

The Heritage Rendezvous features small displays prepared by regional organizations, including the Palisade Historical Society. Early photos of Child & Migrant Services’ founders will be featured, as well as the “Hands that Harvest” book about CMS and a genuine pair of stilts used years ago for pruning trees.

Contact the museum at 242-0971 for more information.

 

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