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.


IMG_3018TAMALES UPDATE:  We have a supply of PORK and VEGETARIAN tamales available for purchase, but soon will be out of CHICKEN until the next batch is made.    The tamales are frozen and cost $17 per dozen.  Pay with cash or check at the CMS Hospitality Center.

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. 


THANKS to all who came out for the March 30 “GIVE-BACK WEDNESDAY” at DOS HOMBRES in Clifton to benefit CMS!  We raised more than $250 to support our programs.



Saturday, July 9: Benefit concert for CMS featuring QUEMANDO, “Colorado’s Hottest Salsa Band” at Grande River Vineyards

It’s not too early to start practicing your dance moves for this highly anticipated annual QUEMANDO 2015 photoevent: “Celebrating the Hands That Harvest–Las Manos Que Cosechan.” This evening concert features food, music, dancing and wine!  Alpine Bank has once again agreed to be the benefit concert’s title sponsor—we at CMS greatly appreciate their support, and invite other businesses to join Alpine Bank as sponsors.
Stay tuned for more details!



On Saturday, February 20, two FUN fundraising activities benefited CMS and other worthy organizations.

The Grand Valley Disc Golf Club’s annual “Ice Bowl” event raised money for CMS, Catholic Outreach and the Agape Food Bank.  In 2015, CMS received more than $1,000 from this activity, and used the funds to support our hot meal program.  Thank you, GVDG Club members!

The GJ Lions Club’s Carnival Parade highlighted “American Heroes.”  CMS participated in the parade, along with entries from many other local organizations that have benefited from the Lions’ generosity.  Our parade entry reminded folks that the hard-working farmworkers who help put food on our tables are unsung American heroes. 

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.