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.  This terrific little shop—staffed entirely by volunteers— is full of treasures and great bargains! 

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.



The annual Fall Food Drive by the Grand Valley Interfaith Network on Saturday, October 21 helped CMS and other local food pantries fill their shelves in preparation for coming cold weather months.  We filled the CMS van with a wide variety of staple foods that will be greatly appreciated by our participants.  Local farmworker families are now entering a season of greater need due to the reduction in available work.  The grape harvest has come to an end for most growers, and many workers who remain in the area are waiting for the fruit tree pruning season to begin.

We’re truly grateful for all of the food donated, and for the hard work of the volunteers who received, loaded, delivered and sorted it.  Thank you to all who participated!


Pork, chicken and veggie tamales available for purchase at CMS! Pre-order for pick up in Grand Junction on Saturdays

tamales grand junction coWe 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. Come by Monday-Thursday from noon to 6 pm or call us to arrange another time to get them. We’ll happily make an appointment to meet you in the morning or on Friday. Cash or check only, please.

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 online, please see the TAMALES tab above.

GOOD TO KNOW: Our loyal customers have spoken and we have listened. You wanted a little more meat in the tamales, and we are instructing our tamales construction crew (wonderful volunteers including students from Collbran Job Corps) to be more generous with the fillings.

Result: positive feedback and more repeat customers.  “Your tamales are absolutely delicious” and “the amount of filling was just right” were two of the comments we received.

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

Proceeds from tamales sales benefit the programs of CMS.


Community potluck meal at CMS: we’ll gather to give thanks on Thursday, November 16

CMS will host a pre-Thanksgiving potluck on Thursday, Nov. 16 at the Hospitality Center, 721 Peach Ave. in Palisade, from 6 to 8 pm. We welcome any friends in the community who would like to join us for this gathering, but ask that you RSVP before November 14 so that we can plan accordingly.
Please email us at or call us to let us know how many are coming and what food you would like to bring to share. CMS will provide a traditional Mexican main dish, such as posole, to share with all.



Open House to be held at CMS on Saturday, Nov. 25 from 11 am to 2 pm.  Visit us and then enjoy the Art & Chocolate Walk in downtown Palisade

We’re excited to offer an opportunity for the public to visit CMS, meet CMS board and staff members and chat about our programs, services and upcoming volunteer opportunities.We have not nailed down all of the details for this event yet, but we do know that hot beverages will be served (Mexican-style hot chocolate, perhaps?) and tamales will be available to sample and purchase!
Plan to stop by the Open House at CMS between 11 am and 2 pm, on your way to or from the Art and Chocolate Walk at downtown Palisade art galleries. The ever-popular Art and Chocolate Walk features all sorts of chocolate goodies offered by many superb Palisade artists at venues on or near Main Street, just blocks away from the Hospitality Center.