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 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 food (and often fresh produce and dairy products) from our pantry is available for pick up, by appointment.
We will take a break from preparing a “grab and go” weekly meal for farmworkers and their families for several weeks during the winter and will resume as soon as more migrants return to the area after the holidays. Meals will be prepared every Wednesday in CMS’ kitchen and may be delivered to farmworker housing by our driver(s). We also focus on supporting those in need through our food pantry. We especially welcome financial donations for food pantry supplies or purchase of grocery store or other gift cards to be distributed to individuals and families facing financial challenges due to the COVID-19 situation. We prepare boxes of staple foods to distribute, with emphasis on helping people who are unemployed or with limited work at this time.
CMS’ mission is to serve farmworkers and their families but we do not turn away people who come to us in need of some temporary help.
For further information, please email [email protected] or leave a voice message 970-464-5226.