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

Regular schedule: 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.

WINTER HOLIDAYS CLOSURE:  The CMS office will be closed from December 22, 2017  until January 2, 2018.

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.  will be CLOSED from December 18 through January 1.  Come ready to shop on January 2 for  treasures and great bargains!  The shop is open from 1:00 to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday during fall, winter and spring. 

Please bring donations of small household items and gently used clothing ONLY during the Thrift Shop’s business hours.

Thrift Shop phone number: 970-464-1187

Thrift Shop proceeds benefit CMS and other local charitable organizations and programs.



Thanks to the Giving Tree at the Palisade Chamber of Commerce, we are making children’s Christmas dreams come true!

Procrastinators rejoice!  We have an opportunity for a few more of Santa’s helpers to purchase Christmas gifts for children of migrant and seasonal farmworkers in Mesa County.

The Giving Tree for children of migrant and seasonal farmworkers has been inspiring a tremendous amount of generosity since it went up at the Palisade Chamber of Commerce office at 305 S. Main Street in Palisade in late November.

Here’s how it works: each red mitten “ornament” lists three Christmas wishes of a local child or teen whose parents need a little help putting presents under the Christmas tree. Choose a mitten, buy one of the desired gifts, and smile knowing you just made a child’s Christmas dream come true.

As of December 15, all of the mittens have been claimed, but not all of the gifts have been turned in yet!  If you took a mitten but have not turned in a gift for your sponsored child, please contact us.  If you can provide a gift for a child, please let us know.

Call  or email CMS at (970) 464-5226 or Call the Palisade Chamber of Commerce at 464-7458 for office hours or other information about the Giving Tree.

Thanks to all who made CMS’ annual Christmas party a great success

CMS’ annual Christmas party for migrant and seasonal farm workers and their families featured music, games for the kids, a potluck meal with lots of holiday favorites and (of course) a visit from Santa Claus.

The gathering was held at the Palisade Community Center on Sunday, December 10.  Approximately 90 people attended.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this event, especially: Cynthia Valdez of School District 51, Palisade High School Multi-cultural Club, Marillac Health and Mesa County Health Department staff, Spoons Bistro and Bakery, JUAN Radio 104.7, Migrant Education Program staff, Las Marias restaurant, CMS volunteers and staff, and everyone who attended. A huge thank you to Santa Claus for visiting us from the North Pole!!


Yes, we have tamales available for purchase at CMS!  Pre-order tamales online for pick up in Grand Junction

We have pork, chicken and vegetarian (vegan) tamales available for purchase at the CMS Hospitality Center, 721 Peach Ave. in Palisade. We also have some bags with six pork and six chicken tamales. They are frozen and sell for $17 per dozen. 

Regular hours are 12 to 6 pm Monday through Thursday, but we’ll happily make an appointment to meet you in the morning or on Friday. Cash or check only, please.

Tamales may be pre-ordered for pickup in Grand Junction. We will usually deliver any pre-ordered tamales to Chopstik Express, 1037 North Ave. on Saturday afternoons. To order, please see the TAMALES tab above. Please note that Chopstik Express is now closed on Mondays.

GOOD TO KNOW: Our loyal customers have spoken and we have listened. You wanted a little more meat in the tamales, and we have instructed our tamales construction crew (wonderful student volunteers from Collbran Job Corps as well as other folks) to be 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.

Visitors enjoyed food, conversation and CMS history at Open House last Saturday, Nov. 25

CMS staff and board of directors members really enjoyed visiting with everyone who came by the Open House at the Hospitality Center on Saturday. We saw many familiar faces and made some new friends, too.

The weather was amazingly warm and pleasant for late November, but it was still perfect for enjoying tamales, hot spiced cider and Mexican-style hot chocolate together.

Thanks to everyone who came out and supported this event!



Community potluck meal at CMS: a gathering to give thanks

CMS hosted a pre-Thanksgiving potluck on Thursday, Nov. 16 at the Hospitality Center.

About 60-70 people gathered to enjoy a hearty meal, games and each other’s company. Kids played ping-pong, Foosball and competed to create the cutest cupcakes in a creative decorating contest.

In addition to the huge pot of posole provided by CMS, we enjoyed a wide variety of traditional comfort foods that hit the spot on a cold and windy November night.



Thanks to all who contributed to GVIN fall food drive

The annual Fall Food Drive by the Grand Valley Interfaith Network on Saturday, October 21 helped CMS and other local food pantries fill their shelves in preparation for coming cold weather months.  We filled the CMS van with a wide variety of staple foods that will be greatly appreciated by our participants.  Local farmworker families are now entering a season of greater need due to the reduction in available work.  The grape harvest has come to an end for most growers, and many workers who remain in the area are waiting for the fruit tree pruning season to begin.

We’re truly grateful for all of the food donated, and for the hard work of the volunteers who received, loaded, delivered and sorted it.  Thank you to all who participated!