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)




Photo Credit OCHS

Elizabeth Gawron


Elizabeth joined HOW as Executive Director in March 2015. She previously served as the President of the Cape Cod Foundation and former Director of Major Gifts at Outer Cape Health Services. Elizabeth is a former member of the Eastham Board of Selectmen, has a BA in Sociology and a Masters in Regional Planning, both from the University of Massachusetts.


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.


Amy Howell


Amy has been a resident of Provincetown for the past 21 years. Before joining HOW, Amy was the healthcare access specialist, and a referral and clinical support coordinator at Outer Cape Health Services. She was the Soup Kitchen in Provincetown (SKIP) kitchen and volunteer coordinator. Earlier in her professional life, Amy was an executive chef and she continues to practice as a personal trainer. Amy now serves on the Provincetown Council on Aging as its chair and provides pastoral care at the Provincetown UU Meeting House. Amy has a BA in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois and recently received an Addiction Counselor Certification from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.


Katherine Black


Kat moved to Cape Cod year round in 2014 after a lifetime of summers in Truro. Her professional career took place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as well as the Pueblo of Isleta, where she served as a director of services for older adults. This is her second stint at HOW having helped to create a new data base for the organization her first time around. She keeps busy volunteering for Highland Affordable Housing and the Truro Historical Society, and works part-time for the Town of Truro. She holds a BAS from Western New Mexico University and a Master of Science degree in Health Education from the University of New Mexico.


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 ad campaigns for companies that cater to 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.