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Gladys Ray Shelter

The mission of the the Gladys Ray Shelter (GRS) is to provide a safe, comfortable temporary shelter to people who cannot access other shelter options in the community, and to help connect people to housing and services in a welcoming and non-judgmental environment.

GRS can serve up to 25 adult males and 10 adult females, and provides a safe respite from the streets where people who are homeless can take care of basic human needs daily. GRS is a free shelter for homeless adults regardless of physical or emotional conditions, and aims to facilitate their move toward self-sufficiency.

The Gladys Ray Shelter continuously works to address core issues of homelessness, including chronic chemical dependency, mental illness and physical disabilities, as well as unemployment and affordable housing issues. GRS is committed to helping ensure that adequate housing options and resources are available to all guests leaving the emergency shelter.

Withdrawal Management Unit (Detox)

The Withdrawal Management Unit (WMU) provides short-term residential, social model (non-medical) detoxification services for adult men and women. Services are provided in a clean, supportive and calm environment designed to assist individuals through the difficulties and dangers of detoxification from alcohol in a non-medical setting. Services are provided by knowledgeable staff who are trained in the recognition and implications of withdrawal symptoms related to alcohol use. The WMU is located in the same building as the Gladys Ray Shelter.


Syringe Services Program (SSP)

The SSP is a safe space and provides an opportunity to discuss concerns with a Harm Reduction Specialist or Peer Support Specialist. In addition, participants can get connected to social, mental health, and medical services in the community.

The SSP offers harm reduction services, education, and supplies for persons who inject drugs, including:

  • Safer injection education & supplies including syringes & other injection equipment
  • Safe and secure syringe disposal
  • HIV/Hepatitis C education
  • Safer smoking education & supplies
  • Narcan and injectable naloxone
  • Overdose response and Narcan/naloxone administration training
  • Peer Support Specialist for recovery
  • Referrals to healthcare, treatment, behavioral health, social services, housing and more

Harm Reduction Center
510 5th Street North
Fargo, ND 58102

Phone: 701.298.6982

Hours of operation:
Monday & Thursday 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday & Wednesday 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - noon

Costs/Fees: None

Eligibility: Must be 18 years old or older; no residency requirements; no requirements to provide ID, insurance or personal information. Program participants remain anonymous.