1987 – Lydia Allen, Stephanie Held and a group of volunteers began providing hospice and child care in their homes for children with HIV/AIDS. This became the first comprehensive AIDS child care program in the country.
1988 – Open Arms, Inc. was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. A home in the Oak Lawn area was purchased, renovated to meet licensing requirements, and then opened under the name "Bryan's House" to continue to the work that began in the homes of volunteers.
1995 – Early childhood education was added to Bryan’s House programs.
1999 – A 18,600 sq. ft. building on 5.57 acres of land was purchased in the Medical District in Dallas for a new facility.
2003 – Bryan’s House board of directors began strategic thinking about the impact the changes in the HIV/AIDS population would present.
2005 – Received accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). This accreditation supported a strong need to provide high quality education to the children of Bryan’s House.
2006 – Our mission was expanded to include children with special health needs and their families. Children with a variety of disabilities and developmental needs found a home at Bryan’s House.
2008 – Opened our first off-site clinic based child care area in the Parkland Women’s Specialty Clinic in South Dallas.
2011 – In collaboration with ChildCareGroup, we began to provide an Early Head Start Program focused on children with special health needs.
– Entered into a new collaboration with AIDS Arms Inc. to provide child care at the AIDS Arms Trinity Health and Wellness Center in Oak Cliff.
– Became a United Way Service Provider, receiving United Way funding for the first time for two programs: Early Childhood Education and Job Skills and Financial Education Program for parents and caregivers.
– Began collaboring with Linda Hall and Tom Caldwell to initiate an innovative new project to serve homeless families who have children with special health needs called Wisdom's Hope.
2012 – Began implementing our strategic plan of opening multiple locations in the Dallas area by moving out of our location in the Medical District and into two new locations in West Dallas and Oak Cliff.