Welcome to the website of Child & Migrant Services (CMS), a non-profit that serves migrant and seasonal farm workers and their families in Mesa County, Colorado. CMS is located in the town of Palisade, a charming small community nestled in the midst of beautiful orchards and vineyards.
CMS is the vision of three women who, in 1954, began to dedicate their lives to this great work. Their vision started around a kitchen table and led to the mobilization of local churches to provide food, clothing and other items to meet basic needs of farm workers.
Through this website, you can see the range of services CMS provides; more important, you will have a glimpse of the lives of migrant and seasonal farm workers in Colorado, their contribution to Western Colorado's economy and how much CMS means to them.
The Hospitality Center, where CMS is housed, is a welcoming community center. It is a resource center and an oasis for those who have traveled far to work in the fields and orchards of Western Colorado. Please join us in celebrating the spirit of this great work. Thank you!
AUTUMN 2014 UPDATE
CHILD & MIGRANT SERVICES (CMS) IS OPEN MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY FROM NOON TO 6:00 PM AND AT OTHER TIMES BY APPOINTMENT. OUR HOT MEALS PROGRAM HAS ENDED FOR THE SEASON, BUT CMS WILL REMAIN OPEN TO PROVIDE A VARIETY OF SOCIAL AND EDUCATIONAL SERVICES TO MESA COUNTY'S FARMWORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.
WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THE MANY KINDS OF SUPPORT WE RECEIVE TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN!
DUE TO TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES, WE HAVE ONLY BEEN ABLE TO UPDATE THE HOMEPAGE OF THIS WEBSITE. SOME OF THE OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT CMS IS OUT OF DATE, AND WILL BE FIXED IN COMING DAYS AND WEEKS. FOR OUR MOST CURRENT ACTIVITIES, FIND US ON FACEBOOK: El Centro de Hospitalidad/Child & Migrant Services
To contact us, please send a message through our website, email us at email@example.com or call us at 970-464-5226. Please send any correspondence to PO Box 1038, Palisade, CO 81526. All mail sent to our street address will be returned to sender by the Post Office.
Join us at the Alternative Christmas Fair on Sunday, November 23 at the Lincoln Park Barn at 12th Street and North Ave. in Grand Junction. The event is from 10am to 4pm and features many opportunities to give gifts that benefit people in need in our community and around the world.
You may sponsor CMS' hot meals program or ESL classes and receive a specially designed greeting card in acknowldgement. Questions? Call event sponsor Grand Valley Peace and Justice at 970-243-0136 or CMS at 970-464-5226.
Volunteers needed on Monday, November 24 to help with a mass mailing. Join us for a morning of folding letters and stuffing envelopes, to help spread the word about CMS' accomplishments and ways to support this organization. Please call or email us if you're willing to lend a hand.
NOVEMBER TAMALES UPDATE: Our latest batch of tamales is available for purchase. We sell them frozen, by the dozen. You may buy them at CMS' Hospitality Center in Palisade (please call first: 970-464-5226) or pick them up in Grand Junction after paying in advance by mail or via this website. In Palisade, we can accept cash or check, but not credit or debit cards.
We have pork, chicken and vegetable (vegan) tamales. All tamales are $15 per dozen. Sorry, we aren't able to "mix and match." Proceeds from tamales sales benefit the work of CMS.
Visit the Helping Hands Kitchen page, under the "Support Us" tab, for more information about our frozen tamales' ingredients and to order online. We can usually deliver your order to the Grand Junction pick up site within 5 days or less.
Christmas will be here before you know it, and CMS is making plans for our annual celebration for migrant and seasonal farm workers and their families, to be held in Palisade on December 13. We will soon be seeking donated NEW toys and other gifts to be distributed at this event and to local farm worker families at Christmastime through our Hospitality Center. For more information, please contact CMS at 970-464-5226 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.