It was established in 1956 as a local NGO. The Union’s aim at the time was to provide a kindergarten and nursery for the town’s needy children, in addition to providing classes for women on topics such as cooking, childcare, and women’s health. In 1987, Beit Sahour Special Education Center for Children began offering its services to the community. The Center helps to prepare the handicapped to adapt to the mainstream environment by providing help in special education, self-help skills, daily living activities, behavioral difficulties and speech therapy. Moreover, The Arab Women Union also runs a hostel which provides a wonderful place for guests to stay when visiting Beit Sahour. Income generated from the hostel is used to help support various Union run projects.