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.

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 a wonderful little secondhand store where you can find  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.



Wintertime pruning in local orchards shifts into gear during January and February

Workers are returning to the area to continue pruning trees after a taking a holiday break to visit family for Christmas and New Year celebrations, or may be arriving after months away to get started on the season’s work.  Guest-worker crews usually begin to arrive in the area from mid-January to mid-February.

CMS provides workers with access to our small food pantry and basic hygiene items that may be especially useful for those who have just arrived.

FOOD PANTRY DONATIONS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME: we seek non-perishable items such as canned corn and other vegetables as well as canned fruit, cereals, cooking oil and masa harina corn flour for making tortillas and tamales.

We are pleased to have received many gently used winter jackets and other warm clothing suitable to help workers ward off the cold.

Additionally, CMS provides the following services year-round:

  • Health screenings: CMS partners with Marillac Health to provide workers with basic health screenings from late winter through summer
  • Informational sessions at CMS promote both overall health and safe work habits
  • Blood pressure checks are available during hours of operation by request
  • Communication between workers and employers: interpretation and basic translation service may be available through CMS.
  • Interpretation and transportation services for worker’s medical and/or dental appointments may be available

For further information on our services, please call us at (970) 464-5226.

CMS is now participating in the Amazon Smile program!  Support us whenever you make a purchase on

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Tamales Update: Freshly made PORK and CHICKEN tamales are frozen and ready for purchase. Try our VEGGIE tamales, too!

We have PORK, CHICKEN and VEGETARIAN (vegan) tamales available for purchase at the CMS Hospitality Center, 721 Peach Ave. in Palisade.   They are frozen and sell for $17 per dozen.

 The CMS office is open to serve the public from 12 to 6 pm Monday through Thursday. If need be, we’ll happily make an appointment to meet you in the morning or on Friday. Cash or check only, please, or pre-order and pay online before picking up tamales at CMS.

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. Chopstik Express is open every day of the week.

Need further information?  Please email or call the CMS office at (970) 464-5226.

Proceeds from tamales sales benefit the programs of CMS.

Thanks to the Giving Tree at the Palisade Chamber of Commerce, we made Christmas dreams come true for more than 80 kids!

Thanks to the amazing generosity of this community, we distributed many beautiful Christmas gifts to children of migrant and seasonal farmworkers in Mesa County.

The Giving Tree inspired many of our neighbors in the Grand Valley to purchase gifts for kids and teens during the holiday season.  We greatly appreciate all the hard work that staff and volunteers at the Palisade Chamber of Commerce office put into this effort!

During the week of December 18, CMS distributed these lovely Christmas presents—including a number of bicycles.  A total of 82 kids participated this year.

If you’re one of the many people who purchased a gift, smile knowing you made a child’s Christmas dream come true!


CMS’ annual Christmas party in Palisade featured food, family and a lot of holiday cheer

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.

We have a lot of great photos from the party on Facebook; just check out the Christmas 2017 photo album.

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!!