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.  Do your Christmas shopping early! The Thrift Shop will be closed Dec. 19 through Jan. 2.

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 grand junction coTAMALES UPDATE DEC. 6, 2016:

Sales have been good! We only have CHICKEN TAMALES and VEGETARIAN TAMALES available for purchase by the dozen right now. We have SOLD OUT of PORK tamales and bags of 6 pork, 6 chicken.

Stayed tuned for information on when we’ll make our next batch.

Tamales are sold frozen and cost $17 per dozen.  Pay with cash or check at the CMS Hospitality Center.  Call 464-5226 for more information.

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.



Our annual Christmas Gift program for kids of migrant and seasonal farmworkers is underway!  Brighten a child’s Christmas by purchasing a personalized gift. Stop by the Palisade Chamber of Commerce (305 S. Main St. in downtown Palisade, phone 464-7458) to view kids’ wish lists on their Giving Tree.

If you can’t make it to Palisade, just call or email CMS for information on a child to sponsor: 464-5226 or  Wrapped gifts should be delivered to the Chamber office by Dec. 12 or to CMS by Dec. 15 at 6 pm.

dscn0338CMS will host a Christmas Party for the farmworker community in Palisade on Sunday, December 18.  Once again, Palisade High School students and staff will help to make it extra special. We’ll have a potluck meal, play games and welcome a special guest—guess who! Give us a call for details.


The Alternative Gifts Christmas Fair was held on November 20 at the Lincoln Park Barn in Grand Junction. If you didn’t get a chance to attend, you can still get gift cards that will support CMS and other local and international nonprofit organizations. Visit through Dec. 16 to put in your order. 

img_2517Child & Migrant Services offers two gift cards: “A home-style dinner meal for a farmworker” for $5, and “Transport a farmworker to a medical appointment” for $10. Here’s a gift idea: put together a gift basket of dried fruit, lavender products, your favorite fruit preserves, a bottle of wine and other locally produced goodies and top it off with a CMS gift card, which features a photo collage by local photographer (and CMS Board Member) Jim Cox.


Here’s a shout-out to all of the volunteers who helped make our 2016 hot meal program happen! We served regularly scheduled meals from mid-April into early October.

Thank You to those who would come in at mid-day to help prepare the meal (while learning some secrets of authentic Mexican cooking),  to those IMG_3248who served the meal late in the afternoon, and to those who heroically handled stacks and stacks of dirty dishes.  (Dave S., Janet, Carol and Warren, we’re talking about you!)



A major perk for mealtime volunteers was that they got to eat our talented cook Maria’s creations, which may have been anything from beef tostadas to pork in spicy tomatillo and green chile salsa to chicken mole.  Favorite beverages were watermelon agua fresca or horchata. 

We do our best to treat our clientele right on a limited budget! 

Thank you to all who donated fresh fruit or veggies to use in our meals and food pantry.




The July 9 benefit concert for CMS featuring QUEMANDO at Grande River Vineyards was a great success.

The crowd of several hundred people enjoyed a magical evening.  The annual concert, titled “Celebrate the Hands That Harvest–Las Manos Que Cosechan,” featured food, music, dancing and wine.

DSC_3225 “Colorado’s Hottest Salsa Band” Quemando offered a fantastic, high-energy performance.  We’re still waiting for all of the ticket sales numbers to come in, but we know that the event raised as much or more for CMS than ever!


DSC_3196Local favorites “Colombia Viva” performed a dance routine before Grand Junction DanceSport offered a free salsa dance lesson.

Alpine Bank was once again the concert’s title sponsor.  Local businesses, civic groups and individuals joined them.  We hope you’ll offer them your thanks and support!

Please see the full list of concert sponsors on the Thank You page.

PEACH sponsors: 

The Palisade Café 11.0

JUAN Radio 104.7

Mesa County Migrant Ministry Community Thrift Shop

APRICOT sponsors:

Forté Farms

Rancho Durazno

St. Mary’s Hospital