CMS’ annual Giving Tree for local kids is online—sign up here!

Our annual Christmas Gift program for children and youth is ready to go, online!  Please use this Sign Up link to see the list of kids’ Christmas gift wishes:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090D44AFAF2BA2F85-angel This Angel Tree sign up is in place of our annual Giving Tree at the Palisade Chamber of Commerce, due to COVID restrictions. We greatly appreciate the Palisade Chamber’s past help with this effort and we’re happy to give them a break this year. Every year, CMS participants may sign up their children, from newborns to 17 year-olds, for the Christmas gift program. Each child lists three wishes and gift donors may select one (or a few smaller gifts to combine, especially much-needed items of clothing) to purchase. Gift donors bring the wrapped gift, labeled with the child’s identification number, to a drop-off location. This year we will accept gifts at the CMS Hospitality Center in Palisade by appointment through…

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Weekly meals continue in October, November

Most years we finish up our hot meal program in late September, but this year we have continued to support workers and their families with a weekly Wednesday meal through October and into November. During October, we served 324 meals “to go” for pickup curbside or limited delivery to farm labor housing at local orchards. Grape harvest and hemp harvest activities kept many workers fairly busy until a snow storm and severe freeze hit on October 25. Agricultural workers now have fewer opportunities for employment. Some work is available in clean up and processing juice and other products. A number of local orchards will start pruning fruit trees late in November.

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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 update: frozen tamales available for purchase by the dozen

Tamales Update:  We recently made dozens of pork, chicken and veggie tamales! They are available to purchase frozen at CMS       UPDATE November 17, 2020: We have a large supply of pork, chicken and vegetarian (vegan) tamales available for purchase by the dozen during our office drop-in hours, Monday through Thursday from 12-6 pm. We also offer Combo bags with 6 pork and 6 chicken. 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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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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