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 through Friday. 

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


CMS has three openings on its Board of Directors, and is currently accepting applications for this rewarding volunteer position.  Please contact the CMS office at 970-464-5226 for further information on board member requirements, responsibilities and privileges. 


TAMALES UPDATE:  We have plenty of PORK TAMALES and CHICKEN TAMALES available for purchase.   The tamales are frozen and cost $17 per dozen.  Pay with cash or check at the CMS Hospitality Center.  Fans of  our VEGETARIAN TAMALES, please don’t despair!  We plan to make a batch in early February.  Stay tuned for details.

You may pre-order tamales for pick up at Chopstik 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. 


Winter pruning season is here, and many local orchards have workers pruning  fruit trees as often as the snowy weather will allow.  CMS offers assistance and support to the migrant workers who arrive in mid-winter to carry out this work.


We are planning to participate in the Grand Junction Lions Club Carnival Parade on Saturday, February 20. The parade’s theme this year is “American Heroes,” and we plan to remind folks that the hard-working farmworkers who help put food on our tables are unsung American heroes.  The parade will go down Main Street in Grand Junction and starts at 1:00 pm.  Let us know if you would like to join us.

All of us at CMS appreciate the support we received from the GJ Lions Club in 2015 that helped us purchase a brand-new dish machine for our commercial kitchen, as well as upgrade the Hospitality Center’s cooling system.   This is the most recent grant CMS has received from the GJ Lions Club; they have provided support for many other projects over the years.