HOW’s Mission:

To provide supportive services and empower women in Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet and Eastham who have been diagnosed with chronic, life threatening, or disabling illnesses.

HOW’s Goals are to:

  • Create more manageable lifestyles for women with serious health conditions;
  • Improve access to health care, social services and benefits programs for women and all community members; and
  • Inspire and educate women to take control of their healthcare, well being, and diverse needs.

HOW’s Core Services:

  • Transportation
  • Financial assistance
  • Support Groups and special programs
  • A Food and Personal Care pantry; and
  • Information, referral and advocacy

HOW is fortunate to have wide-ranging and generous community support. See the Annual Report for listing of donors.

Click to view ANNUAL REPORT 2017 


Leslie McGrath

Dotty Mulcahy

Betty Villari

Leslie Parsons

Our Beginnings

  • In 1992, a few friends gathered in Provincetown to find a way to help their friend with a new cancer diagnosis.
  • In response to the lack of services available to them and their friend, that same group formed Helping Our Women (HOW).
  • In 1993, HOW opened a resource and referral center, acquired nonprofit status, and incorporated.
  • In 1994, HOW expanded the scope of services to include all women diagnosed with chronic, life threatening and/or disabling illness.

Over the years, HOW has built a strong and supportive system of services to meet the needs of women with serious medical conditions living in the towns of Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet and Eastham .  HOW now also provides advocacy, referrals and resources to all community members.

Board of Directors

Marianne Clements, Chair
Annemette Cliggott-Perlt, Vice Chair
Joy McNulty, Treasurer
Barbara Knapp, Clerk

Nancy DeLuca
Maureen Dooley Lawrence
Pam Drolsbaugh
Nicole Gelinas
Susan Grace
Ann Maguire
Lori Meads
Amanda Morris
Susan Roderick

Honorary Board Member
Berta Walker
Donald and Barbara Edwards
Betty Villari (1942-2017)


Gwynne Guzzeau


Gwynne is joining HOW as Executive Director as Elizabeth will be transitioning into retirement at the end of the year. She previously served as Executive Director for the Gestalt Institute of International Study. Her career has spanned many avenues, working in education, law, small business and holding public office. She has earned a JD from Georgetown University Law Center, a MS in Education from Wheelock College Graduate School, and a BA from Wellesley College. When not at work, Gwynne enjoys writing, beach walks with her dog Ginger and watching comedy shows with her teenage son.

Mary Berry


After years of summer vacations with family in Dennisport, Mary discovered the Outer Cape as an adult and fell in love.  She moved to Wellfleet in 1994, married and raised two girls, now 20 and 22.

Mary has previously worked in office management for several years at Fidelity Investments and for the Turner Construction Corporation. For the past nine years she has served as office manager at the Gestalt Institute of International Study in Wellfleet. In her free time, Mary loves the outdoors and traveling, especially to any place with a beach and good food.

Lisa Phillips


Lisa recently moved to Provincetown, with her husband, daughter and 2 dogs, from Cape Hatteras, NC.  She has worked as a health educator for the past 13 years in Northeast NC and before that for the American Heart Association in Kailua-Kona.  She is a native of Cape Cod and enjoys being back home with family, playing tennis and traveling.

Rachel St. Germain


Rachel is a native of Walpole, MA, and just recently moved to Cape Cod year round to work with HOW, after living in Boston for the last four years for school. She is recent graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where she received a BFA in Graphic Design. In her professional career she has worked as a design intern for Cambridge Biomarketing, a company that develops campaigns for companies that prioritize patients with rare and orphan diseases. She has personal experience in elder caregiving, and has worked closely with organizations such as Walpole Dance Center and the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston.