Thanks for generosity and patience!

January is coming to an end and we hope that 2021 will get better with every month that passes. CMS received much generous support during the holiday giving season and many people continue to offer help of all kinds. On these cold winter days, this generosity is like a warm springtime breeze providing inspiration and hope for better days to come. We greatly appreciate your generosity, and your patience!  We are sending out letters and email messages to acknowledge financial gifts this week. In this very unusual time, with its unanticipated challenges, we have been continuously working with our local farmworker community to provide financial assistance and moral support. The normal period of post-holiday downtime that allows us to thank our supporters for their help never materialized as we moved into 2021. Many migrant workers arrived in mid-January (earlier than in other years) for wintertime pruning in the orchards. These men have…

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January 2021 update: reaching out to returning workers

More migrant workers are arriving in Palisade for pruning the orchards and we are gearing up to lend them a hand! We have food boxes with nonperishable food available, 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 continues to provide financial assistance with rent and other bills to individuals and families in the farmworker community who are facing hardship this winter.

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Holiday season and end of year highlights

CMS’ annual Christmas gift program provided gifts to more than 80 local kids and teens. CMS distributed 140 meals to go and gave holiday gifts to farmworkers and families on December 16. Santa Claus gave us a hand with curbside pickup, to everyone’s delight! This was a community effort, with support from local restaurants and other donors. Thank you to Las Golosas Mexican Sandwiches and the Palisade Café and Wine Bar for their generous contributions of food. We received toys and gift wrapping from the Palisade Pickle Ball Players club just in time to provide gifts for some families who contacted us at the last minute. We were happy to collaborate with Altrusa International of Palisade to provide additional support to families particularly in need and anonymous donors from the community also contributed generous funds and gift cards to help people facing financial hardship. We honored two women as co-recipients…

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Tamales update: making fresh tamales on Jan. 28!

Tamales Update:  Pork tamales and veggie (vegan) tamales available for purchase frozen, other varieties Out of Stock       Jan. 25, 2021 UPDATE: We plan to make all varieties of tamales on Thursday, Jan. 28 since those made earlier this month are almost gone. FROZEN pork tamales and veggie (vegan) tamales are currently available. Combo packages (with 6 pork and 6 chicken tamales) and Chicken tamales are now OUT OF STOCK.  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 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…

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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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