Throughout March and April we’ve focused on helping farmworkers to access COVID vaccinations as well as other health care services.

Our next onsite opportunity for COVID vaccinations to farmworkers at the CMS Hospitality Center will be on April 28 in collaboration with MarillacHealth. The main focus will be provision of second doses to those vaccinated on March 31. Please call us at 464-5226 for more information on onsite vaccination clinics for farmworkers and their family members.

Our weekly hot meal program continues. Meals are prepared in CMS’ kitchen by staff and volunteers on Wednesdays and are offered “to go” for curbside pickup. Some of the meals are delivered to workers who live in farm labor housing units and have limited access to transportation.

We are grateful for the on-going support we receive from individuals and organizations in the Grand Valley as well as throughout the state. CMS and other  charities recently received very generous donations generated through the ICE BOWL 2021 event in Palisade’s Riverbend Park, sponsored by the Grand Valley Disc Golf Club. We were delighted to receive a generous contribution from the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) in support of our work.

In the final days of January we sent out letters and email messages to acknowledge financial gifts. If you donated to CMS but did not receive your acknowledgement letter, please contact us. In this very unusual time, with its unanticipated challenges, we have been continuously working with our local farmworker community to provide financial assistance and moral support. The normal period of post-holiday downtime that allows us to thank our supporters for their help never materialized as we moved into 2021.

We’re deeply grateful to Hispanics in Philanthropy/Justice for Migrant Women, The Colorado Health Foundation, The Colorado Trust and the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado for support that enables us to offer financial assistance, “resilience grants” and other support to our community members severely impacted by the pandemic. With this help we are providing funds for medical bills, rent and other expenses.