CMS receives major holiday gift from The Colorado Health Foundation

In honor of the giving season, The Colorado Health Foundation has donated $10,000 to three important causes in Colorado, including Child and Migrant Services. In its announcement of the gifts, the Foundation stated “During this holiday season, we want to give thanks to the people and organizations who have dedicated their time and resources to help bring health in reach for all Coloradans.” Also honored were Extended Hands of Hope Colorado and Transformative Freedom Fund. Read more about The Colorado Health Foundation and the organizations honored by this generous gift here. Child and Migrant Services is delighted and deeply honored to receive this very generous gift! Thank you so much, The Colorado Health Foundation for all you do to promote health and health equity in communities throughout our beautiful state.

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Tamales Update

Tamales Update: pork, chicken and veggie tamales available for purchase at CMS or pre-order for pickup in Grand Junction January 20, 2020: We made more of all our varieties of tamales at CMS recently and they are available for purchase FROZEN by the dozen now!  Drop-in hours at the CMS office are Monday through Thursday, 12 to 6 pm. For more information on our tamales and to order online, go to the Tamales tab at the top of the page.  We appreciate the help of the folks who took time out from their busy schedules to assist us with the work of preparing tamales and welcome volunteers who may wish to join us next time. Except on the day they are prepared, our tamales are available for purchase FROZEN by the dozen at the CMS Hospitality Center, 721 Peach Ave. in Palisade. Please pay with cash or check at CMS…

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On-going Services

CMS provides the following services year-round Information and referral to community resources Food Pantry Informational sessions and/or individual coaching by CMS staff or qualified volunteers to promote both overall health and safe work habits Blood pressure checks are available during hours of operation by request Communication between workers and employers: interpretation and basic translation service may be available through CMS. Interpretation and transportation services for worker’s medical and/or dental appointments may be available Health care access: CMS connects workers to services at Marillac Health and other local health care providers For further information on our services, please call us at (970) 464-5226 or email [email protected] Thanks to all who donate needed items throughout the year We’re grateful for the donations we received through the Grand Valley Interfaith Network (GVIN)  October food drive. The food and hygiene products we received are being made available to farmworkers and their families. If you missed this opportunity and would…

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Celebrations

Our celebration of Christmas and International Day of the Migrant was held on December 15 at Central High School. More than 200 people attended the event, which included a reading of the Grand Junction City Council’s Proclamation of December 18 as International Day of the Migrant. We partnered with several other nonprofit organizations and the Migrant Education Program to offer food, music, presentations and a special visitor from the North Pole. Thank you to everyone who helped make this event possible! In September we celebrated the end of the summer harvest season with food, music and a dance performance at Veterans Memorial park in Palisade. See the section on the Annual Benefit Concert for some great photos from this year’s “Celebrate the Hands That Harvest/Las Manos Que Cosechan” event featuring the music of Quemando at Grande River Vineyards in Palisade. Spring and early summer celebrations were fun, too! We had…

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65 Years of “Helping the Hands that Harvest”

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…

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Shop with Amazon Smile Program

A friendly reminder: 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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