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

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.

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 open from 1:00 to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.  Come in and find great bargains and  terrific treasures!

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.


tamales grand junction coTAMALES UPDATE:  PORK, CHICKEN and VEGETARIAN tamales were prepared on Oct. 21 and are available for purchase by the dozen. We are now offering some bags with 6 pork and 6 chicken tamales.

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.



During the first weeks of October, almost all of the peach crop has DSC_4734been harvested and most of the seasonal workers who came for the summer have left for home or for other regions to harvest other crops. Those seasonal workers who remain in the area turn their attention to the grape harvest, which may continue into November in a good year.


In 2015, there was an outstanding grape crop and some seasonal workers remained in the area for the better part of November to complete the harvest.  It appears that 2016 will be another good year for grapes, but the harvest will probably not equal last year’s in quantity.

DSC_0030 - Copy


Photos courtesy of JC Photography



 The Grand Valley Interfaith Network sponsored a food drive that culminated on October 22.  Local faith-based organizations and others brought generous donations of non-perishable food to 5th and Grand Ave. in Grand Junction to benefit CMS and several other organizations that help the hungry in our community. The food CMS received will be sorted and placed in our food pantry to be distributed to farmworkers and their family members this fall and winter.

CMS provided a hearty, home-style meal to farmworkers and IMG_3298family members every Wednesday through Oct. 5.  Workers chatted, relaxed and enjoyed television during the meals.


Here’s a shout-out to all of the volunteers who helped make our 2016 hot meal program happen! 

Thank You to those who would come in at mid-day to help prepare the meal (while learning some secrets of authentic Mexican cooking),  to those IMG_3248who served the meal late in the afternoon, and to those who heroically handled stacks and stacks of dirty dishes.  (Dave S., Janet, Carol and Warren, we’re talking about you!)



A major perk for mealtime volunteers was that they got to eat our talented cook Maria’s creations, which may have been anything from beef tostadas to pork in spicy tomatillo and green chile salsa to chicken mole.  Favorite beverages were watermelon agua fresca or horchata. 

We do our best to treat our clientele right on a limited budget! 

Thank you to all who donated fresh fruit or veggies to use in our meals and food pantry.




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.

DSC_3225 “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!


DSC_3196Local 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.

PEACH sponsors: 

The Palisade Café 11.0

JUAN Radio 104.7

Mesa County Migrant Ministry Community Thrift Shop

APRICOT sponsors:

Forté Farms

Rancho Durazno

St. Mary’s Hospital

JUAN RADIO logo cropped

f13_2x1 MCMM Community Thrift Shop 1


RanchoDurazno logo

forte logo