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 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 now open 1:00 to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.  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.


 The Annual All-You-Can-Eat Shrimp Boil and Silent Auction at First Congregational Church on Saturday, September 26th was a wonderful event.  You can see some photos of it on CMS’ Facebook page (see above).

Guests enjoyed eating lots and lots of shrimp just flown in from the Gulf, as well as fresh sweet corn, coleslaw, and a delicious apple dessert! 

Child and Migrant Services received a generous check that will help us to provide meals and other basic services to the local farmworker community. 

THANK YOU to all who donated, volunteered and/or attended!


TAMALES UPDATE:  CMS has plenty of pork and chicken tamales available for purchase.  We will soon be out of vegetarian (vegan) tamales, so act soon if you want to get some.

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. 


Our summer hot meal program ended on September 3.  We served more than 2,400 hot, home-style meals prepared in our kitchen this season!  We send heartfelt thanks to our volunteers—-Dave, Corinne, Janet, Tom, Kong, Nancy A, Nancy C, Rachel, Maria P, Osvaldo, Collbran Job Corps, Kathryn, Natalie, Kathy, Stephen, Carol, Warren and all the others who pitched in—-and to the individuals and organizations who helped put these meals on the table.  Special recognition goes to Food Bank of the Rockies, Operation Rice Bowl (Pueblo Archdiocese), 2015 Ice Bowl Disc Golf Tournament participants, and many local churches.


CMS enjoyed staffing the Wine Storage/Lost and Found tent at this year’s Colorado Mountain Winefest on September 19 in Palisade.  Tips earned at the event will benefit the work of CMS.