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 SOME OF THE OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT CMS IS OUT OF DATE, AND WILL BE FIXED IN COMING DAYS AND WEEKS.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 CMS' Hospitality Center (El Centro de Hospitalidad) in Palisade on Wednesday, October 29 for a Community Potluck. We will gather at 5:30 and eat at 6:00 pm. Please bring a main dish, salad, dessert or other food to share. Questions? Call us at 970-464-5226. We hope to see you there!
The 2014 Grand Valley End Hunger Crop Walk was held on Sunday, October 19 at Canyon View Park in Grand Junction. THANKS TO ALL WHO PARTICPATED! The event was well-attended, and organizers said that they very likely met their fundraising goals. CMS, as well as other local food pantries will benefit. Some of the funds will also go to international efforts to fight hunger. For more info, contact CMS at 970-464-5226 or crophungerwalk.org
TAMALES UPDATE: We have a small supply of pork, chicken and vegetarian tamales. We sell them frozen, by the dozen. You may pick them up from us 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.
All tamales are $15 per dozen. Sorry, we aren't able to "mix and match." Proceeds from tamales sales benefit the work of CMS!
Please visit the Helping Hands Kitchen page, under the "Support Us" tab, for more information about our frozen tamales sold by the dozen and to order online now.
We are grateful to various local organizations and businesses who have helped CMS in recent months with donations or in-kind services. Some include: Palisade High School Spanish Club, Diocese of Pueblo for Catholic Relief Services "Operation Rice Bowl" funds, Church Women United for hygiene kits for farmworkers, Co-op Country ACE Hardware in Palisade, Coe's Automotive in Palisade.