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.


CMS hosted an End-of-season Farewell & Worker Appreciation potluck picnic at Veterans Memorial Park in Palisade on Thursday, August 27.  We said farewell to those workers leaving the area after the peach harvest, and honored the dedication and skill of all local farmworkers.  Check out our photos of the event on Facebook.

Our summer hot meal program will be wrapping up on September 3.  Starting in June, we served a meal every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4:30 to 6:00 pm— often later, to accommodate long work hours.  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.


TAMALES UPDATE:  We have plenty of pork, chicken  and vegetarian tamales available for purchase.  If you want 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. 


CMS is looking forward to staffing the Wine Storage/Lost and Found booth at this year’s Colorado Mountain Winefest on September 19 in Palisade.  Tips earned at this event benefit the work of CMS.  We can use a couple more late-afternoon volunteers; please contact us if interested.


First Congregational Church in Grand Junction will be hosting its annual Shrimp Boil fundraiser on Saturday, September 26; the event will raise funds for CMS as well as  for church programs.  Stay tuned for more details!