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 Welcomes Christa Jones as Spiritual Leader



Christa provides spiritual leadership for our ladies. Each week Christa conducts a worship service for our ladies that either do not have a church home, or just decide not to go out to their church.

Each week Christa leads praise and worship and prepares a message that gives wisdom, hope, and encouragement. She also interprets scripture in a way that our ladies find easy to understand. 

Christa provide prayer and counseling to our ladies. She also helps assist them in crisis situations with prayer and sound advice.  She also blesses the ladies with wonderful guest speakers.  Our ladies just LOVE Christa.

You can also join us for service Sundays at 10 AM at  2524 Clio Road Flint, Michigan.


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!