Building Strong Women's Founder

Charlotte M. Lancaster


After moving out of state, Charlotte returned to Flint and was determined to give back to the community that she calls home. She began her own non-profit organization to assist under-privileged women. 

Building Strong Women, Inc. is Charlotte’s labor of love. The organization was established in 2007 with the primary purpose of assisting women who are recovering form substance abuse or have found themselves homeless.

Since 2009, BSW has successfully helped more than a thousand women and their children regain independence and dignity through their shelter and outreach programs. 

Charlotte is also the author of Lipstick on Both Sides of My Sheets, her autobiography.


BSW Mourns the passing of Christa Jones


 It is with great sadness that we inform you of the unexpected passing of BSW spiritual leader, Christa Irene Jones.  Our beloved Christa passed away during the early morning of Saturday,  January 11th, 2020.   Christa was the essence of kindness, of duty, of genuine humanity.   Christa's joy for life transmitted where ever she had taken her smile and the sparkle in her eyes. Her beauty will never be extinguished from our memories.   Christa was highly valued member of Building Strong Women.  For some of the ladies at BSW,  she was also a prayer partner and close friend.  For our founder Charlotte, Christa was a dear friend for many years and wonderful colleague. She kept surprising us by her open and honest attitude, strength and aliveness, and her sense of humor.  Christa truly inspired many of us. She will be missed tremendously.   Christa will be lovingly remembered by her family, friends, and by so many people who had been honored to know her. Let us keep Christa's family and friends in our thoughts and prayers.  


Portrait of Excellence 2015

Building Strong Women has grown!  In 2015 we were honored with the Genesee District Library Award of Excellence.  WE HAVE COME A LONG WAY!