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: The Migrant Ministry Community Thrift Shop, located next door to CMS at 721 Peach Ave. in Palisade,  is open from 1:00 to 4:30 pm Mondays and Fridays, and from 1:00 to 6:00 pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the summer.  The phone number for the Thrift Shop is 464-1187.  Come and check out the many great bargains!  Proceeds benefit CMS and other local programs.


TAMALES UPDATE, August 2, 2015: We are temporarily out of vegetarian tamales, but still have pork tamales and chicken tamales available for purchase by the dozen.  We plan to make another large batch this month; let us know if you would like to help out!  If you want to buy tamales at CMS’ Hospitality Center in Palisade,  please contact us at 970-464-5226.  They 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. 


August 14 and 15, CMS will be at the Palisade Peach Festival at Riverbend Park!  Come say hello to us at the History tent, which will feature displays, videos and speakers on local history.


Our summer hot meal program is in full swing, and we are serving a meal every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4:30 to 6:00 pm— often later, to accommodate longer work hours during peach harvest season.  Home-style Mexican meals are prepared and served at CMS’ Hospitality Center in Palisade and are provided free to farmworkers registered with CMS.  

We welcome donations of food and funds to help put these meals on the table and provide transportation for workers who need a ride.

We can always use more volunteers to help prepare and serve meals!  Kitchen help is needed in the early afternoon on the days we prepare meals.  Servers and people to help with clean-up are also needed.  Volunteers get a delicious home-style meal in addition to the position’s many intangible benefits.   Contact us for more information on how you can be a part of our team.