For all her troubles, Alice is cheerful.
She's sitting at a desk at the Northeast Kingdom Community Action (NEKCA) Parent-Child Center in St. Johnsbury, helping out with some clerical chores.
"I like this," she said. "I'd like to do secretarial work. I think that'll work out."
By her own admission, not all of Alice's employment experiences have "worked out." She tried a fast-food job, she said, and stitching in a shoe factory.