Southwest New Mexico’s Workforce Connection recently hosted the Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers Resource Fair at Our Lord of Mercy Catholic Church. The event was a collaborative effort with One-Stop partners to inform farmworkers of the many services available to them. ResCare staff members from the Deming, Truth or Consequences, Santa Teresa and Las Cruces offices participated as speakers and organizers.

Project Director Yvette Bayless said, “New Mexico is a Significant Migrant Seasonal Farm Worker (MSFW) state, which means we are home to a large population of MSFW, and they are one of our priority populations.”
At the Fair, the farmworkers learned about opportunities for training, Wage & Hour, citizenship information, access to medical care, and Census and career advancement opportunities.

Throughout the event, the RWS Team met one-on-one with attendees to provide information about support services, education and training opportunities available to them and their families as well as information about basic career services available through WIOA.

Even though many of the attendees at the event had spent many years as farmworkers, the One-Stop staff are seeing many young people looking at broader career opportunities. Workforce Solutions partner Bea Krueger said, “What we’ve been finding out is the younger generation is not going in the fields anymore. We provide services so they can go to college, and so a lot of the youth in this generation are now going to college.”