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.
CMS 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.
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.
CMS is on FACEBOOK:
El Centro de Hospitalidad/Child & Migrant Services
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 1:00 to 4:30 pm Monday and Friday, and 1:00 to 6:00 pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Come in and check out the great bargains!
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.
CHILD & MIGRANT SERVICES NEWS
TAMALES UPDATE: New! It’s a mixed bag. That is to say, we now have bags with 6 pork and 6 chicken tamales for people who want to have some of both.
We continue to offer PORK and CHICKEN as well as VEGETARIAN tamales for purchase by the dozen.
The 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 Chopstix 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.
GEARING UP FOR THE PEACH HARVEST: SKILL, DEDICATION AND ENDURANCE REQUIRED
During late July, the greater part of the peach crop begins to ripen and the height of the harvest occurs in August. This means long, hot days in the orchards and many hours of work in packing sheds.
Last year’s bumper crop of peaches demanded long workdays and a great deal of stamina on the part of workers. It appears that 2016 will not be much different.
When the peaches are ready, you pick them. Pickers usually start as early in the day as possible to decrease hours working in the heat.
Line workers in packing plants may also work from morning into the night, standing and sorting fruit to prepare it for shipment.
Photos courtesy of JC Photography
GOOD EATS AND RELIEF FROM THE HEAT
At CMS, we provide a hearty, home-style meal to farmworkers and family members three times weekly throughout the summer. Workers can relax and enjoy television during the meal.
Here’s a shout-out to all of the volunteers who help make our hot meal program happen!
Thank You to those who come in mid-day to help prepare the meal (while learning some secrets of authentic Mexican cooking), to those who serve the meal late in the afternoon, and to those who heroically handle stacks and stacks of dirty dishes. (Dave S., Janet, Carol and Warren, we’re talking about you!)
Some of our regular volunteers will return to school or have other commitments in August, so we need to replenish our volunteer list. Please call CMS if you would like to participate.
A major perk for mealtime volunteers is that they get to eat our talented cook Maria’s creations, which could be anything from beef tostadas to pork in spicy tomatillo and green chile salsa to chicken mole. We may offer a beverage of watermelon agua fresca or horchata. We do our best to treat our clientele right on a limited budget!
If you have fresh fruit or veggies you could donate in quantity, please call us to see if we can utilize them in our meal planning.
CELEBRATING THE HANDS THAT HARVEST
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.
“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!
Local 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.
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JUAN Radio 104.7
Mesa County Migrant Ministry Community Thrift Shop
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