HOW Can Help

For Women Living With Chronic or Serious Health Conditions on the Outer Cape

HOW wants to help you. To ease the stress of everyday life, we can provide you with support services, so you can focus on wellness and well-being. Women with a chronic health condition who live in Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro or Provincetown are eligible to receive support. We do not discriminate on the basis of income, marital status, age, race, ethnicity, religion or immigration status.

Core Service  Areas

The Transportation Program provides rides to medical appointments whether on the Cape or in Boston and for other health related needs.

  • Volunteer drivers, as available
  • Lyft rides for cancer patients to medical appointments or support groups
  • Funding for the hospital bus or CCRTA transportation programs
  • Cape Air tickets for critically-ill

Here is a short description of what is meant by “Grocery & Personal Products.”

  • Food pantry
  • Personal products pantry
  •  Assistance completing or renewing SNAP application for government food benefits
  • Coordinate with local providers of free nutritious meals, as available

HOW provides the following financial assistance options to women living with limited incomes:

  • Monthly stipend available to pay for alternative care treatment (e.g. massage, acupuncture, yoga etc.) or utilities
  • Emergency assistance funds available on limited basis

COMPASS is our program for social engagement and wellness education. COMPASS services include:

  • Monthly informal gatherings for coffee & conversation
  • Occasional wellness programming
  • One-on-one matching for peer support and companionship
  • Here 4 You radio show on WOMR discussing topics related to wellness and well-being

Additional services provided by HOW are listed below:

  • Assistance applying for disability, fuel assistance and other programs
  • Coordinate with Cape Wellness Collaborative for yoga voucher
  • Limited access to 2-hour housecleaning voucher
  • Medical advocacy to local providers
  • Coaching sessions to re-frame and reset goals

Client Stories

Janine’s Story

Five years after first working with HOW to get help filing for disability benefits, Janine continues to get support to help her cope with Parkinson’s Disease (PD).

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Rossi’s Story

Rossi came to HOW in 2019 after recuperating from treatment for breast cancer and reconstructive surgery.

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Silvia’s Story

Silvia has lived in Provincetown since 1972. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer, Silvia joined the HOW community. 

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Judy’s Story

Judy came to HOW in 2017 for help recuperating from a hip replacement and a breast cancer diagnosis.

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Grace’s Story

Suddenly, out of nowhere, I found a nodule on my breast. HOW was there for me when I really needed it and I still need it.

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Sophia’s Story

Navigating the challenges of a serious health care diagnosis like cancer, Sophia turned to HOW for help.

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You can request a Pantry Pack bag of groceries from HOW and pick-up at our office or request delivery.
You can request a Ride to a Healthcare appointment from HOW and we will do our best to make arrangements.

We’re Here For You

If you are in a difficult position and need help, HOW is here for you. Fill out the adjacent contact form, or get in touch with us directly using the information below.

(508) 487-4364

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