Our Beginnings

In late 1989, a group of Conway citizens came together with a shared concern for 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 of 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.

Today, Bethlehem House serves over 100 people per year in their journey out of homelessness by providing not just a temporary bed, but counseling, goal setting help, rides, healthcare, and meals. Bethlehem House also serves a nightly meal to non-residents in need of nourishment.

Bethlehem House is the result of over 20 years of dedication to helping struggling residents of Faulkner County.

Our Core Values


The mission of Bethlehem House is to encourage, equip, and motivate homeless individuals and families to take the necessary steps to improve their life situations.


The vision of Bethlehem House, Inc. is to be Faulkner County’s leading resource in providing meaningful support and empowerment for homeless citizens.