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) and the Migrant Ministry Thrift Shop will be closed on November 26 and 27 for Thanksgiving.  We wish you a happy and safe holiday!

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.

THRIFT SHOP UPDATE:  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, except for holidays.  The phone number for the Thrift Shop is 970-464-1187.  Come and check out the many great bargains!  Proceeds benefit CMS and other local programs.


TAMALES UPDATE, November 24:  CMS has a few dozen chicken tamales available for purchase, but pork and vegetarian (vegan) tamales have SOLD OUT.  We plan to have more pork tamales available for purchase on Dec. 7.  Fans of our vegetarian tamales will have to wait a bit longer for the next batch—sorry for the delay!

If you would like to buy tamales at CMS’ Hospitality Center in Palisade,  please contact us at 970-464-5226.  The tamales are frozen and cost $17 per dozen.  Pay with cash or check at the CMS office.

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. 


Christmas will be here before you know it, and CMS is once again organizing a Christmas Gift Program for the children of local migrant and seasonal farmworkers. 

If you would like to purchase a Christmas gift of one of the kids on CMS’ list, please call or email us for details on how the program works.

You may also visit the Palisade Chamber of Commerce office at 305 S. Main Street in downtown Palisade, where you will find a “Mitten Tree” featuring children’s gift wishes provided through CMS.   Gifts will be accepted until December 17.


CMS participated in the 25th Annual Alternative Christmas Fair on Sunday, November 22.  This event, organized by our good friends at Grand Valley Peace and Justice, was a lot of fun and great way to start the holiday season. 

If you were not able to attend, it’s not too late to participate!  Shoppers can still support a wide variety of worthy projects offered by local or international organizations by going online.  Visit to make donations to support specific projects.  This year, CMS’ projects are: “Provide a home-style hot meal for a farmworker for $5” and “Provide transportation to a medical appointment for a farmworker for $10.” For more information, call GVPJ at (970) 243-0136.


Mark your calendar: CMS’ annual Christmas party for the local farmworker community will be held on Sunday, December 13 at the Palisade Community Center.  Please contact us for more details.