Late in 1989, a group of Conway citizens came together with a shared concern the Faulkner County homeless.
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 1st to March 15th, 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.