Transition Resources Corporation, a non-profit human services organization, opened an office in Madison this March that will serve regional farm workers - including seasonal and migrant workers - in 19 southeastern Indiana counties.

Funded through a grant from the Department of Labor, the National Farmworker Jobs Program aims to help farm workers acquire new skills in occupations that offer higher wages and more stable employment through paid classroom and on-the-job training.

The program was authorized by Congress in the Workforce Investment Act to counter the impact of the chronic unemployment and underemployment experienced by migrant and seasonal farm workers who primarily depend on agriculture jobs.

The office will serve Jefferson, Switzerland, Ripley, Jennings, Scott, Clark, Ohio, Dearborn, Decatur, Bartholomew, Jackson, Washington, Floyd, Harrison, Crawford, Orange, Lawrence, Monroe and Brown counties.

In addition to training, the program also provides supportive services, such as nutrition, health, child care and temporary shelter.

The office is located at 620 Green Road .