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

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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 have not set a production date yet. All varieties cost $20 per dozen — a very reasonable price for a delicious product that benefits CMS’ programs for farmworkers! We ask that customers use our online ordering to the greatest extent possible or call us at 970-464-5226 to order tamales. We’ll take exact cash payment or checks at CMS. We don’t accept credit or debit cards at our office. To order online, see “Tamales” tab at the top of the page.  Pickup in Grand Junction at Chopstix Express restaurant remains unavailable…

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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 lives of many men, women and children! The position is part time and requires significant flexibility. To view the job announcement, click here. Office Coordinator The Office Coordinator will assist the Executive Director with a variety of administrative responsibilities including records management, reception and communications. The ideal candidate is skilled in office management and enjoys interaction with the public. This person in this position will interact with CMS members (i.e. our clients, migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their family members) so it is essential to have the ability to speak…

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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 harvest is gearing up just as the last of the late-season peaches that managed to survive April’s freeze are being harvested. CMS will continue to offer a weekly Wednesday meal from 4-6 pm (or until food runs out) to workers and families during September and beyond as long as demand remains strong. We have served more than 100 people each week during the height of the harvest season. On August 26, we counted a total of 184 meals served, a record for us! Thanks to many generous donors, we are…

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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 staff and volunteer availability just when we need all hands on deck. Our small staff is being stretched to meet demand for services and to keep up with everyday tasks. It hasn’t been all bad, though! We are grateful for the welcome community support received from businesses (including faithful supporters Rancho Durazno and Triple Play Records) and civic groups (including Grand Junction’s Horizon Rotary Club) and many generous individuals. We served 220 meals prepared by Fiesta Guadalajara restaurant in Grand Junction to farmworkers and families earlier this month thanks to…

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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 for Migrant Women with Hispanics in Philanthropy as well as The Colorado Trust for major contributions that will allow us to provide targeted services and basic needs and financial assistance in response to the unique conditions and hardships that confront local migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families. We are deeply grateful to Grand Valley churches, businesses and many individuals in our community for continuing to step forward with support and supplies. Some of CMS’ activities during July: Meals “to go” prepared every Wednesday (additional days may be added) and…

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June update: more activity at CMS, Migrant Ministry Thrift Shop

We added more services and activities for farmworkers and their families at the Hospitality Center in June, and the whole community was delighted that the Migrant Ministry Community Thrift Shop reopened on June 16. On June 17, CMS began to offer a weekly grab-and-go meal to farmworkers. On June 22, workers were able to obtain personal care supplies and many other needed items at a special event in honor of Father’s Day. We continued our collaboration with MarillacHealth to offer “telehealth” consultations through video conferencing. We continue to refer our participants to the Good Samaritan Clinic and other local health care providers, too. Nelly García joined the CMS team to serve as the lead Community Health Worker on our team. We are delighted that Nelly is bringing her wealth of talent and experience to our organization! Our efforts have been greatly bolstered by recent grants in response to the COVID-19…

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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. 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 a distance of 6 feet…

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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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