June brings more activity at CMS, Migrant Ministry Thrift Shop

We are adding more services and activities for farmworkers and their families at the Hospitality Center in June, and the whole community will be happy to know that the Migrant Ministry Community Thrift Shop plans to reopen on June 16, albeit with a limited schedule: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1:00 to 4:30 pm. CMS will offer a weekly grab-and-go meal to farmworkers starting in mid-June. We continue our collaboration with MarillacHealth to offer “telehealth” consultations through video conferencing and hope to offer weekly on-site assistance, too. We continue to refer our participants to the Good Samaritan Clinic and other local health care providers, too. Nelly García has 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…

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May update: essential workers deserve essential services

In this time of tremendous challenge and uncertainty, your gift to CMS is especially helpful. Local farmworkers have been greatly impacted by COVID-19 and by the devastating hard freeze that hit local orchards in mid-April.  Your contribution will help us to reach out to workers and their families in a spirit of caring, kindness and mutual support.   CMS provides essential services to essential workers. During our state’s Stay at Home Order, farmworkers  continued to perform the vital work that keeps food on our tables. CMS did not close its doors and still remains open to connect workers to community resources, including local health care providers for medical and dental assistance. We’re also offering emergency food, personal care items and other basic assistance to families who have lost income due to the COVID-19 situation. We have also started a collaboration with MarillacHealth to offer telehealth video conferencing at CMS between farmworkers…

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COVID-19 Response~~Update on CMS Services

During this difficult time, we ask that our community please continue to help the hands that harvest! CMS remains open to provide basic needs assistance to farmworkers and their families. We will be in the office during our regular Drop-In hours: 12 pm to 6 pm, Monday through Thursday. Please call before coming, if possible: 970-464-5226. Our staff will provide references to community resources as well as personal support. To the greatest extent possible, we will provide services by phone and via email or social media. We will observe social distancing practices and ask  that all visitors maintain a distance of 6 feet from one another, both inside and outside the building. We know that CMS participants are heavily impacted by the COVID-19 situation and we want to lend a hand, while at the same time protecting their health and safety and that of our staff. Nonperishable (and often fresh…

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Tamales Update

Tamales Update:  June 3 is our next production date! Order online for pickup in Palisade only   June 1, 2020: The good news is that CMS tamales will soon be available for purchase. Starting June 3, late in the afternoon, we will have pork, chicken and veggie (vegan) tamales for sale by the dozen. We also offer a combo pack of 6 pork and 6 chicken. Unfortunately (you knew this was coming) we’ll be making some changes and yes, increasing the price to $20 per dozen. Pickup in Grand Junction is still unavailable until further notice. We ask that customers use our online ordering to the greatest extent possible or call us at 970-464-5226 to order tamales and schedule a time to pick them up. We’ll also take cash payment or checks, but won’t be able to provide change for large bills. We don’t accept credit or debit cards at…

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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 receive through the Grand Valley Interfaith Network (GVIN)  food drives twice each year. The food and hygiene products we receive are being made available to farmworkers and their families. If you would…

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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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