A welcoming resource center for migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families

CMS offers support and encouragement to migrant and seasonal farm workers and their families in Mesa County. We provide basic needs assistance and help people navigate life in a foreign land.


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. CMS 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.

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Help us reach out to this under-served and often invisible population that plays such an important role in the vitality and well-being of our community. Your contribution will touch the lives of many people.

Child & Migrant Services News

Check out our September newsletter

In September’s newsletter: an update on how the pandemic has impacted farmworkers and CMS this year, job announcements and tributes to friends of CMS who passed away in recent months. https://mailchi.mp/6a8fffa161bd/thoughts-on-essential-workers-and-labors-of-love?e=e0057266a3

Tamales: our latest update

Tamales Update:  Pork, chicken and veggie tamales are frozen and available for purchase     October 29, 2020: We have a small supply of pork and chicken tamales frozen and available for purchase by the dozen during our office drop-in hours: Monday through Thursday, 12-6 pm. We expect to make more of all types at the beginning of November, but…

CMS is hiring! Two opportunities to join the CMS team

Community Health Worker (Promotor/Promotora de Salud Comunitario) We are looking for someone who knows the many challenges faced by farmworkers and is passionate about providing them empathy, assistance and connection to community resources. This position requires fluency in Spanish and English. This is a great opportunity to be of service to the farmworker community and make a difference in the…

September update: peaches mostly gone, grape harvest gearing up

Labor Day has come and gone. It was a workday like many others this summer for a good number of farmworkers, with triple-digit temperatures and smoke from distant forest fires hanging heavy in the air. The following day, a major cold front suddenly swept into the area and workers had to protect themselves from the cold and rain. The grape…

The long slog that is August

August is normally an especially tough month for farmworkers, as it is replete with long, exhausting workdays during the dog days of summer. This year’s pandemic, an extended heat wave and smoke from regional fires have made what some call the August Human Misery Index that much greater. At CMS, impacts related to the pandemic and other factors have diminished…

CMS welcomed workers and families with increased activities and support in July

Thanks to a wealth of support from foundations, faith based organizations, civic groups, community members and others, CMS is able to offer services and emergency support to farmworkers facing financial hardship due to COVID-19 circumstances and limited work due to April’s hard freeze. We extend our deepest gratitude to The Colorado Health Foundation, the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado, Justice…

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