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 GENERALLY OPEN MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY FROM NOON TO 6:00 PM AND AT OTHER TIMES BY APPOINTMENT, ALTHOUGH WE MAY ALTER THAT SCHEDULE SLIGHTLY DURING JANUARY.  OUR HOT MEALS PROGRAM HAS ENDED FOR THE SEASON, BUT CMS’ “HOSPITALITY CENTER” REMAINS OPEN TO PROVIDE A VARIETY OF  VITAL SERVICES TO  MESA COUNTY’S FARMWORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES.

 WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THE MANY KINDS OF SUPPORT WE RECEIVE TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN! 

FOR OUR MOST CURRENT ACTIVITIES, FIND US ON FACEBOOK:
El Centro de Hospitalidad/Child & Migrant Services
www.facebook.com/palisade.childmigrantservices

To contact us, please send a message through our website, email us at cmspalisade@yahoo.com or call us at 970-464-5226.  Please send any correspondence to PO Box 1038, Palisade, CO 81526.  Mail sent to our street address will be returned to sender by the Post Office.

Good to know: The Migrant Ministry Community Thrift Shop, located next door to CMS,  has ended its holiday break and is open from 1:00 to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. Come and check out the many great bargains!

CHILD & MIGRANT SERVICES NEWS: JANUARY 2015

In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, CMS will be OPEN to serve participants and the public on Monday, January 19 during our normal hours of business: 12:00 to 6:00 PM.

It can get mighty chilly in January, but the work in the orchards continues nonetheless!  Many local growers are pruning their fruit trees now, and soon additional workers will arrive via the H2A guest worker program.  We welcome donations of new or gently used winter coats, gloves, hats, socks, workboots and other items for workers (men and women) who prune fruit trees in cold weather.  Winter gear for children is also welcome.

Please contact CMS at 970-464-5226 before delivering your donation!  We want to make sure that someone will be at the office to receive it.  For more information, please call us or email us at cmspalisade@yahoo.com.

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We are pleased to announce that the Grand Junction Lions Club will assist CMS with funds to purchase replacement swamp coolers and a dish washer/sanitizer for our commercial kitchen.  This is a $2,500 matching grant, so we will be asking for contributions from the community to help.  Thank you, Grand Junction Lions Club!

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JANUARY TAMALES UPDATE:   We are completely out of tamales.  We thank our customers for their purchases. 

We will take a break from making tamales for approximately two months, while our cook is away.  Please call us at 970-464-5226 for an update on this fund-raising project.

Proceeds from tamales sales benefit the work of CMS.

Visit the “Tamales” heading for more information about our frozen tamales’ ingredients.

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