Meet Our Coaches
current, ongoing and upcoming events
Throughout the year, CFLS hosts a number of special events aimed at raising funds and educating the community about the causes and consequences of homelessness and the unique plights faced by women reintegrating back into society after a period of incarceration.
Donna Alonso MSOD, MSW
Donna Alonso is a strengths-based coach, educator, clinical practitioner, and an advocate for social justice and change. She works with individuals, groups, and communities to establish meaningful goals designed to develop greater self-awareness, increase performance, and advance positive change. Donna is currently a PhD Candidate at Widener University’s Center for Social Work Education. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Widener University and a Master’s degree in Organization Development from American University. She holds a certificate in Drug and Alcohol Counseling from Villanova University, and is certified in the administration and interpretation of leadership and self-awareness assessments. Donna is a psychotherapist at Belmont Behavioral Health Hospital located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She provides individual and group therapy for depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma and other mood disorders. She is the lead therapist for Belmont’s Source of Hope recovery program, a unique program designed for older adults, 55 and older, who seek help for mental health and addiction disorders. Clients and colleagues recognize Donna for her unique approach and excellent ability to listen, ask questions, empathize, and engage others to work towards positive change. She collaborates with her clients on the alignment of specific, time-based goals with relevant and intentional actions. She facilitates the coaching process in a way that respects and understands her clients’ perspectives and experiences, and honors and highlights their assets and strengths. As an advocate for social change, Donna supports a local residential program for young women with children working towards reunification where she provides information and resources relevant to substance use disorders. She partners with non-profit organizations, local high-schools, Temple University, University of Pennsylvania, and Widener University on community improvement initiatives where she co-facilitates dialogue sessions on issues such as grief and loss due to gun violence, drug and alcohol addiction, homelessness, healthcare disparities, the arts and cultural development. Donna has coached and worked with clients from various organizations and industries including various government agencies and programs, healthcare, technology, manufacturing, hospitality, financial, academia, and faith-based organizations.