Gwendolyn Smith joined the organization in 2018. As a peer navigator, she offers patients support and guidance that supplements the care they receive from primary care providers. Gwen meets patients where they are, whether at the clinic or at home, and frequently checks in over the phone. A former client of the organization’s case management team, her own experience strongly informs her work. “I tell clients my story so they know they are not alone,” she shares. Prior to joining The Wright Center for Community Health, Gwen served as a peer specialist at Scranton Counseling Center. She is a Certified Nursing Assistant and is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Human Services.
Originally from New Orleans, LA, Gwen spent most of her childhood in Brooklyn, NY and now lives in south Scranton, PA. She is the proud mother of seven children and also has 16 grandchildren and one great-grandson. In addition to her role at The Wright Center for Community Health, Gwen is an active member of Dress for Success of Lackawanna and a volunteer at St. Francis of Assisi Soup Kitchen. She enjoys roller skating, riding her bike, dancing, laughing at jokes, reading Stephen King novels and—when she gets the chance—sleeping.