The Bethlehem House program focuses on building relationships. We know that homelessness is stressful. Our desire is for the families and individuals who live at Bethlehem House to move from being alone, afraid, ashamed and depressed to becoming independent, productive, self-supporting members of the community.
With these goals in mind, Bethlehem House offers case management, employment assistance, life skills training, advocacy, education, vocational counseling, transportation, guidance, love and the support necessary to recover from the devastation of homelessness.
The length of stay for a resident is determined by the time needed to overcome the barriers to independent living. Residents meet regularly with staff to evaluate their progress toward personal goals.
Late in 1989, a group of Conway citizens came together with a shared concern for the homeless in Faulkner County.
To determine if their concern was justified, the Community Action Program of Central Arkansas, a local emergency provision relief agency, made an informal survey of its clients. During a six week period, from February 1 to March 15, 1990, the study identified 160 homeless adults and children in the Faulkner County area.
In May, 1991, the group leased a house in Conway and began renovations. After over 10,000 hours of volunteer labor and copious material donations, the shelter was completed. It opened its door in October, 1991, with the name Bethlehem House.
Bethlehem House completed a Capital Campaign in December 2012 to build a new shelter for the homeless. The 7,300 square foot location, located at 1115 Parkway St. is able to house 35 residents