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.



It’s that time of the year again: the annual Fall Food Drive by the Grand Valley Interfaith Network happens on Saturday, October 21st.  Please bring non-perishable food donations to help fill the food pantries of charitable organizations from Palisade to Fruita. CMS will once again participate in this activity. Last time we filled CMS’ van with food that was greatly appreciated by our participants.  Local farmworker families are now entering a season of greater need due to the reduction in available work.
Fill grocery bags with food and bring them to the east parking lot of Downtown Vineyard Church at 5th & Grand on Saturday, October 21, between 10:00 am and Noon. For more information, contact Sherry Cole at or 970-985-4253, or call CMS at 464-5226.

Tamales Update: Pork, chicken and veggie tamales available for purchase at the CMS Hospitality Center or 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 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.



Seasonal hot meal program for farmworkers ended September 27

This year’s harvest season is drawing to a close and September 27 marked the last day we served our regular 4-6 pm meal.  All summer long, the meals attracted folks hungry for home-style cooking at the end of the long, hot workday.

CMS handed out numerous health and hygiene kits to those arriving in the area and provided access to our food pantry as well as recreational activities.


A huge thank you to the volunteers who helped with meal preparation, service and clean up!

We will soon announce plans for a gathering in October, a community celebration of Thanksgiving to be held in November, and our annual Christmas celebration in mid-December.



Thanks to all who helped with and attended the farewell &  worker appreciation party on Aug. 31

CMS hosted its annual despedida (farewell) and appreciation party for the migrant and seasonal farm workers who labored in the area this year on August 31 at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Palisade.

We enjoyed food, games, a baile folklorico performance by dance troupe Nueva Generación, and more!   There are many great photos of the event on our Facebook page— thanks to Jim Cox of JC Photography as well as other folks— check them out at