Helping farmworkers access COVID vaccinations, health services

Throughout March and April we’ve focused on helping farmworkers to access COVID vaccinations as well as other health care services. Our next onsite opportunity for COVID vaccinations to farmworkers at the CMS Hospitality Center will be on April 28 in collaboration with MarillacHealth. The main focus will be provision of second doses to those vaccinated on March 31. Please call us at 464-5226 for more information on onsite vaccination clinics for farmworkers and their family members. Our weekly hot meal program continues. Meals are prepared in CMS’ kitchen by staff and volunteers on Wednesdays and are offered “to go” for curbside pickup. Some of the meals are delivered to workers who live in farm labor housing units and have limited access to transportation. We are grateful for the on-going support we receive from individuals and organizations in the Grand Valley as well as throughout the state. CMS and other  charities…

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Welcome, workers: winter work in orchards awaits

CMS update for February 2021: In February, more migrant workers are arriving in Palisade for pruning work in the orchards and we’ll continue to reach out to lend them a hand! We have food boxes with nonperishable and fresh food items to distribute, as well as warm jackets, gloves, socks and hats to distribute thanks to the generosity of churches and individuals in recent weeks. We also have hand sanitizer, masks and other PPE to give out. CMS resumes offering a weekly hot meal program on Feb. 10. Every Wednesday, meals are prepared in our kitchen packaged to go for curbside pickup or delivery to farm labor housing units in the orchards. Workers who have put in a long day pruning especially appreciate the convenience of receiving a hot, homestyle meal at the end of the day. CMS continues to provide financial assistance with rent and other bills to individuals…

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Tamales update: WE HAVE TAMALES! CALL TO MAKE YOUR ORDER!

Tamales Update:  We have tamales for your Thanksgiving dinner!     Nov 9, 2021 UPDATE:  All varieties of our Delicious Tamales are available.  CALL TO MAKE YOUR ORDER for pick up at the CMS Hospitality Center during our Drop In Hours, Tuesday-Thursday 12-5pm, or by appointment on Monday. We like to have advance notice of your visit whenever possible! All varieties cost $20 per dozen — a very reasonable price for a delicious product that benefits CMS’ programs for farmworkers! Our new procedure for the COVID era: we ask that customers to call us at 970-464-5226 to order tamales. We’ll take exact cash payment, checks or credit card at CMS.  Our current online system is not working, PLEASE CALL TO MAKE YOUR ORDER!  We also appreciate the help of the volunteers who assist us while implementing our enhanced health and safety guidelines. We require use of facial masks and social…

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COVID-19 Response

Since the beginning of the pandemic, CMS has remained open to provide basic needs assistance to farmworkers and their families. We are in the office during our regular Drop-In hours: 12 pm to 6 pm, Monday through Thursday and at other times. Please call before coming, if possible: 970-464-5226. During the summer of 2020 we distributed 200+ lightweight, cloth masks for FREE to farmworkers, thanks to a very generous donation from Justice for Migrant Women and Hispanics in Philanthropy. The masks come in packages of four and are especially suitable for wearing on the job. We have also distributed many locally donated earloop-style masks and continue to do so. Our staff provides references to community resources as well as personal support. We provide services by phone, text and social media as well as face-to-face observing social distancing. We ask that all visitors wear a mask inside the building and maintain…

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Amazon shopper? Help support CMS through Amazon Smile

CMS participates in the Amazon Smile program—support our programs when you shop on Amazon! Here’s another way you can lend a hand to this organization.When you are ready to make an online purchase through Amazon, go to: smile.amazon.com/ch/84-0831830 and Amazon will donate to Child & Migrant Services Inc.

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