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

CHILD & MIGRANT SERVICES (CMS) IS GENERALLY OPEN MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY FROM NOON TO 6:00 PM AND AT OTHER TIMES BY APPOINTMENT.  ONCE IN AWHILE, WE HAVE TO CLOSE THE OFFICE DURING THOSE HOURS IN ORDER TO ASSIST CLIENTS OFF-SITE, ATTEND MEETINGS, OR FOR STAFF TRAINING.

THROUGHOUT THE WINTER AND SPRING,  CMS WILL PROVIDE A VARIETY OF  VITAL SERVICES TO  MESA COUNTY’S FARMWORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES AT THE HOSPITALITY CENTER.

 WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THE MANY KINDS OF SUPPORT WE RECEIVE TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN! 

FOR OUR MOST CURRENT ACTIVITIES, FIND US ON FACEBOOK:
El Centro de Hospitalidad/Child & Migrant Services
www.facebook.com/palisade.childmigrantservices

To contact us, please send a message through our website, email us at cmspalisade@yahoo.com or call us at 970-464-5226.  Please send any correspondence to PO Box 1038, Palisade, CO 81526.  Mail sent to our street address will be returned to sender by the Post Office.

GOOD TO KNOW: The Migrant Ministry Community Thrift Shop, located next door to CMS,  is open from 1:00 to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. Come and check out the many great bargains!

CHILD & MIGRANT SERVICES NEWS: FEBRUARY 2015

TAMALES UPDATE:   Tamales are still SOLD OUT. We have not been able to make another batch of tamales yet, as our cook is still away.  We appreciate the patience of our loyal customers!

The good news is that we will probably be able to deliver tamales to Grand Junction for customer pick up again, once our production of tamales resumes.   Please continue to check this website or call us at 970-464-5226 for an update.

Proceeds from tamales sales benefit the work of CMS.  Visit the “Tamales” heading for more information about our frozen tamales’ ingredients.

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We hope to see you at the Grand Junction Lions Club Parade and Carnival on Saturday, February 21!  The parade will start on Main Street in Grand Junction at 1:00 pm, and the Carnival starts at 5:00pm at Two Rivers Convention Center.  Look for CMS’ gussied up van in the parade.

The Grand Junction Lions Club will assist CMS with funds to purchase replacement swamp coolers and a dish washer/sanitizer for our commercial kitchen.  This is a $2,500 matching grant, so additional contributions toward the completion of this project are most welcome.  Thank you, Grand Junction Lions Club!

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Be sure to check out the Heritage Rendezvous exhibit at the Museum of Western Colorado in Grand Junction between February 20 and May 2.  The theme of this year’s exhibit is “The Way We Work on the Western Slope,” so you know that farm workers and other migrant laborers have a major role to play. The Heritage Rendezvous features small displays prepared by regional organizations, including the Palisade Historical Society. Early photos of Child & Migrant Services’ founders will be featured, as well as the “Hands that Harvest” book about CMS and a genuine pair of stilts used years ago for pruning trees. Contact the museum at 242-0971 for more information.

 

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