We kicked off 2019’s celebrations of CMS’ 65th anniversary with an Open House at the Hospitality Center on April 13. We enjoyed tamales with homemade salsa and other treats. Speakers provided informative talks about the history of migrant and seasonal farm workers in the Grand Valley and the beginnings of the Mesa County Migrant Council, which later became known as Child and Migrant Services. The Palisade Historical Society provided a display about the history of migrant labor in the region.

This is a photo of Vera Foss, one of CMS’ founders, in her youth. We enjoyed hearing two speakers, Harry Talbott and Nancy Alexander, share family memories about the early days of CMS.

There were many mentions of “Hands That Harvest,” a 2004 book by David Muñoz about the history of CMS. He notes: “It is worth remembering that this organization, founded and primarily led by women, willingly reached out to migrants with dignity and respect in an era when few others would.”

On November 19, an Open House was held to celebrate the new exterior paint job of the Hospitality Center completed by Vivax Pros painting company, which donated all labor and materials, and to honor the many people who have contributed to the work of CMS and the Migrant Ministry Thrift Shop over the decades.