Mission & History

Helping Our Women educates, empowers and supports women in the towns of Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown who are living with chronic, disabling or life threatening health conditions. We maintain an open-door policy to provide education and referrals to all community members.

We carry out our mission by providing direct services in three key areas: Transportation to healthcare appointments; Financial Assistance for women who qualify; and COMPASS programs promoting wellness and social engagement.

The core values of compassion, assistance and support that brought together the first group of volunteers remain the foundation on which the staff and leadership at Helping Our Women carries out our mission today.

Incorporated in 1993 as a 501(c)3, we expanded the scope of services from cancer patients to include all women diagnosed with chronic, life threatening and/or disabling illness in 1994. In 2018, we celebrated 25 years of service and paid off the mortgage on our office at 34 Conwell Street in Provincetown.

Meet Our Team

Gwynne Guzzeau

Executive Director

Gwynne 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, an 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

Office Manager

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.


Ella Hunt

Client Services Manager

Ella has lived on Cape Cod since she was 8! After graduating from Hampshire College with her BA in Public Health, Ella came back to the Cape and worked in Orleans for two years as a case manager in the homeless services field. She then came to join the team at HOW and she serves as our client services manager and clinical social work intern. Ella is passionate about equity, social justice, and women’s health. She is a graduate student at Boston University School of Social Work, studying to be a psychotherapist.  When she’s not at work or graduate school, Ella can be found teaching yoga or playing with her cat Cheddar.


Lisa Philips

Volunteer Coordinator

Lisa recently moved from Cape Hatteras, NC to Provincetown with her husband, daughter and 2 dogs. 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.


Alex Nelson

Development & Communications Manager

Previously a music educator in Chicago Public Schools, Alex recently moved back to Cape Cod to follow her passion for social services and non-profit work. She has been on the Board of Directors for Sharing Kindness – a suicide prevention and grief awareness group – since its founding in 2017. Originally from Orleans, Alex is thrilled to be taking her diverse skills from teaching and arts administration and applying them towards creating a healthier and safer Cape & Islands community.


Elise Huang

Food Project Coordinator / AmeriCorps VISTA 2021-2022

Elise recently relocated from Columbus, Ohio to Cape Cod as part of a pandemic-inspired career pivot. With a passion for food, holistic health, and wellness, she’s looking forward to applying her skills to HOW’s nutrition and food projects. She is excited to explore the beautiful coast and communities of the Outer Cape.


Katie Brandon

Food Project Coordinator / AmeriCorps VISTA 2020-2021

Katie’s year of service ended in the Spring of 2021. Katie is originally from Stonington, Connecticut and grew up spending summers on the Cape. She graduated from Boston University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavior and Health. Previously, Katie served with AmeriCorps in Ketchikan, Alaska where she worked for the Public Defender’s office. There she helped to interview clients and connect them with much-needed resources. As the Food Project Coordinator for HOW, Katie pursues new sources of food donations and identify resources to share with our clients and the community.

Chloe Heidepriem

Volunteer Resource Developer / AmeriCorps VISTA 2019-2020

Chloe’s year of service ended in the Winter of 2020. Chloe grew up on Cape Cod in Orleans and graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Honors College in the spring of 2018, where she studied English and Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies. Prior to working at HOW, Chloe worked for the Town of Orleans at Nauset and Skaket Beaches, and during that time got to meet many locals and summer folks. In her free time, Chloe enjoys taking walks, listening to podcasts and writing. She looks forward to using her writing skills in service to the HOW community.

Need Help?

If you or someone you love could benefit from the services offered by HOW, please contact us to learn more about what HOW can do for you.

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