Helping Our Women offers direct services to women diagnosed with chronic, life threatening, or disabling conditions who live in the towns of Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown. All of our services are free and confidential.

HOW’s office at 34 Conwell St. in Provincetown is handicapped accessible with parking. We now have a food pantry including a refrigerator and freezer and personal care products for our clients as well as private office space for computer and telephone access.

Our Financial Assistance Program provides monthly assistance to low-income clients in the form of payments made directly to a payee on behalf of the client. Income eligible clients may request a maximum of $55 per month for medical, mental health, or dental expenses; prescriptions or prescription co-pays; complementary therapies such as acupuncture, vitamins and nutritional supplements; costs related to transportation to medical appointments; or for utilities. This program serves 92 to 107 clients per month.

The Transportation Program provides transportation to medical appointments, whether on the Cape or in Boston. We are fortunate to have a corps of dedicated volunteers who provide rides to our clients on a year-round basis for on-Cape appointments. We collaborate with the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority so that our clients may use the Boston Hospital Transportation van that runs weekdays from Wellfleet and Eastham to Boston medical facilities. Cape Air generously provides us with tickets so that we can assist those clients for whom ground transportation is not viable. We also collaborate with the Councils on Aging who may provide transportation for their towns’ residents. The goal of this program is to make sure that our clients have a way to see the medical providers of their choice, regardless of their income or geographic limitations.

Periodic support groups and special programs are offered for clients and all community members.
All of our programs are advocacy based and responsive to the needs of those we serve. Diagnosis with an illness is life changing and presents many new challenges. We work to address those challenges in a partnership with each individual. We assist with applications for benefits such as SNAP (formerly Food Stamps), Social Security, and for housing programs. We are an official site to assist with Fuel Assistance applications and we provide referrals to other programs that might help the individual to maintain their health and well-being.

We also understand that the communities we serve are diverse and that the residents have many needs, some unmet through traditional resources. With that in mind, we extended our mission to provide advocacy, resources and referrals to members of the community at large so that the safety net is expanded to those who are sometimes forgotten. For information about any of these programs, please call 508-487-4357 or email info@helpingourwomen.org.