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.


“Mucho movimiento” at CMS three evenings a week

The summer harvest season has begun—cherries are the first major fruit crop to come on line locally—and CMS hot meal program for farmworkers and their family members has started to attract the attention of those folks hungry for home-style cooking at the end of the workday. Last Wednesday, we surpassed 70 diners, which is a lot this early in the season.  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.  We are planning a special meal celebration of Father’s Day, to be held on June 15.



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.




Two ways to enjoy great salsa at July 8 benefit concert featuring “Quemando” at Grande River Vineyards in Palisade

You’ll say it once then you’ll say it again: That’s some GREAT SALSA! First, dance to the music of Colorado’s hottest Latin salsa band and then take a break to enjoy a delicious meal of tamales, rice and beans topped off with CMS’ cook Maria’s famous creamy and spicy salsa that many people say is to die for!  Maria (pictured below) will prepare the creamy salsa as well as a super-hot salsa and a salsa for those who are mild at heart.

For more details on this year’s annual benefit concert at Grande River Vineyards, please click on the the 2017 Annual Benefit Concert tab above.  You can even buy tickets online!

The event is presented by Alpine Bank. We are excited to welcome 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.



Tamales Update

tamales grand junction coWe recently made pork, chicken and vegetarian tamales so our freezer is fully stocked.  Bags with 6 pork and 6 chicken tamales are available.  The CMS office is normally open for business Monday through Thursday from noon to 6 pm and at other times by appointment.

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.



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.