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.  ONCE IN A WHILE, WE HAVE TO CLOSE THE OFFICE DURING THOSE HOURS IN ORDER TO ASSIST CLIENTS OFF-SITE, ATTEND MEETINGS, OR FOR STAFF TRAINING.

CMS  PROVIDES A VARIETY OF  VITAL SERVICES TO  MESA COUNTY’S FARM WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES AT THE HOSPITALITY CENTER.  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 at 721 Peach Ave. in Palisade,  is open from 1:00 to 4:00 pm (often 4:30 pm) Monday through Friday.  The phone number for the Thrift Shop is 464-1187.  Come and check out all the great bargains!

CHILD & MIGRANT SERVICES NEWS

TAMALES UPDATE:   Our long tamales drought is almost over!  We plan to make a large batch on Tuesday, April 28.  Frozen tamales should be available to purchase by the dozen at CMS on April 29, starting at 12:00 noon.  Please call to place your order: 464-5226.

We make pork, chicken and vegetarian (vegan) tamales.

TAMALES WILL COST $17 PER DOZEN.

IMPORTANT: We are going to bump up the price of one dozen tamales from $15 to $17.  This is the first time we have raised the price.  In order for this project to truly benefit the work of CMS, the increase in price was necessary.

If you would like to volunteer to help us make tamales on Tuesday, April 28, please call us at 464-5226.  We usually make 60-70 dozen at a time, which requires a large group of volunteers.  Experience making tamales is helpful, but not required

We plan to deliver tamales to Grand Junction for customer pick up at Chopstik Express restaurant again, starting in May.

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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CMS has filled its Community Health Worker position.  We welcome Richard (Ricardo) Maestas, who has years of experience providing outreach, education and referrals to migrant and seasonal farm workers and their families.

 

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Thanks to those who joined us at DOS HOMBRES RESTAURANT in Clifton on March 25 for “GIVEBACK WEDNESDAY.”  $200 was raised to help CMS provide services to local farm workers and their families.

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Be sure to check out the Heritage Rendezvous exhibit at the Museum of Western Colorado in Grand Junction between February 20 and May 2.  The theme of this year’s exhibit is “Working on the Western Slope,” so you know that farm workers and other migrant laborers have a major role to play.

The Heritage Rendezvous features small displays prepared by regional organizations, including the Palisade Historical Society. Early photos of Child & Migrant Services’ founders will be featured, as well as the “Hands that Harvest” book about CMS and a genuine pair of stilts used years ago for pruning trees.

Contact the museum at 242-0971 for more information.

 

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