CMS welcomes 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. On CMS’ schedule for July: Meals “to go” prepared every Wednesday (additional days may be added) and food…

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Migrant Ministry Community Thrift Shop Re-opens

The MIGRANT MINISTRY COMMUNITY THRIFT SHOP, located next door to CMS at 721 Peach Ave., is a wonderful little secondhand store where you can find  treasures and great bargains.   The shop has REOPENED after temporary closure due to the pandemic and is back to a Monday through Friday schedule! Business hours are from 1:00 to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.  Please note that once in a while, the volunteers who staff the store opt to close at 4:00 pm.   IMPORTANT TO KNOW: For everyone’s health and safety, Thrift Shop customers will be required to wear a mask. Don’t have a mask? Staff will have some available. Only 8 people will be allowed in the shop at a time. Management asks that everyone in the store observe social distancing of 6 feet from others. Please bring donations of small household items and gently used clothing ONLY during the Thrift Shop’s…

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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~~Update on CMS Services

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. 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 maintain a distance of 6 feet from one another, both inside and outside the building. We have free masks to provide to farmworkers and family members as well as to our volunteers and others who may need facial coverings. 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…

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Tamales Update

Tamales Update:  All varieties are available for purchase in Palisade!      July 7, 2020: Pork, chicken and veggie (vegan) tamales will be for sale fresh this afternoon and tomorrow. After that they all will be available FROZEN, by the dozen. We also offer a combo pack of 6 pork and 6 chicken.  Due to increased costs, we’ve raised the price to $20 per dozen—-still very reasonable! Pickup in Grand Junction at Chopstix Express restaurant remains 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 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.  We appreciate the help of the volunteers who assisted…

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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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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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