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.

HOT MEAL PROGRAM for farm workers and their families: a hot, home-style meal prepared in CMS’ kitchen is offered from 4-6 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during the summer harvest season.  Hours may be extended during the height of the harvest to better accommodate workers schedules.

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. During the summer harvest season, hours are extended to 6 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

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: Pork, chicken and veggie tamales ready for purchase

tamales grand junction coAUGUST 7, 2017: We just made a large batch of pork, chicken and vegetarian (vegan) tamales! They are available for purchase at the CMS Hospitality Center in Palisade or may be pre-ordered for pickup in Grand Junction.

All tamales are sold frozen, by the dozen.  We have some bags with six pork and six chicken tamales.

Purchase tamales at the CMS Hospitality Center, 721 Peach Ave. in Palisade, Monday through Thursday between 12 and 6 pm. If those hours are not convenient, we’ll be happy to make an appointment to meet you in the morning or on a Friday for your tamales purchase.

Tamales may also be pre-ordered for pick up in Grand Junction at Chopstik Express restaurant, 1037 North Ave. (across from Colorado Mesa University).  To order online, please see TAMALES tab above.

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.

Need further information?  Please email or call the CMS office at (970) 464-5226.

Proceeds from tamales sales benefit the programs of CMS.


Meals for farmworkers—“Muy buena comida”—at CMS three evenings a week

The summer harvest season is in full swing, and CMS hot meal program for farmworkers and their family members has been attracting the attention of those folks hungry for home-style cooking at the end of the long, hot workday. We have handed out health and hygiene kits to those arriving in the area and provided access to our food pantry as well as recreational activities.


Volunteers to help with meal preparation, service and clean up are welcome. Bonus: volunteers get to enjoy our talented cook Maria’s delicious authentic Mexican dishes!  The hot meal program will continue through the end of August.




Thanks to everyone who supported the July 8 benefit concert featuring “Quemando” at Grande River Vineyards in Palisade

The annual benefit concert “Celebrate the Hands that Harvest/ Las Manos que Cosechan” was like Christmas in July for CMS: a time for joy, sharing and appreciation. The concert featured the tremendous talent of Quemando, “Colorado’s hottest Latin salsa band,” and many concert-goers purchased a delicious meal of tamales, rice and beans topped off with CMS’ cook Maria’s famous creamy and spicy salsa.

What a great way to celebrate and honor local farmworkers and their families through this event! See more photos on Facebook:


The event was presented by Alpine Bank. We welcomed a new major sponsor of the concert this year: the Grand Valley Winery Association.  Returning major sponsors include The Palisade Café 11.0, JUAN Radio 104.7, KJCT News 8, the Mesa County Migrant Ministry Thrift Shop, Rancho Duranzo, Forté Farms and St. Mary’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center. For a complete list of sponsors, see the Annual Benefit Concert July 8, 2017 page.