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Gladys Ray Shelter

The mission of the Gladys Ray Shelter (G-Ray) is to provide a safe, comfortable temporary shelter for people who often do not have other options in the community, and to help connect people to housing and services in a welcoming and non-judgmental environment. The Gladys Ray Shelter is a free shelter for homeless adults regardless of physical or emotional conditions, and aims to facilitate their move towards self-sufficiency.

The G-Ray 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. The G-Ray is committed to helping ensure that adequate housing options and resources are available to all guests leaving the emergency shelter.

Gladys Ray Shelter - Harm Reduction Division

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.

Withdrawal Management Unit - Harm Reduction Division

Harm Reduction Center (HRC)

The Harm Reduction Center (HRC) is the stand-alone site of Fargo Cass Public Health’s syringe services program (SSP), providing a safe space to discuss drug use-related concerns with a harm reduction specialist. Staff help program participants get connected to resources in the community, including social services, mental health providers and medical care.

The HRC offers harm reduction services, education, and supplies for persons who use drugs, including:

  • Safer injection education
  • Safer injection supplies including syringes & other injection equipment
  • Fentanyl and xylazine test strips
  • Sharps containers
  • Safe, secure syringe disposal
  • HIV, hepatitis C and STI prevention education
  • Safer sex supplies including condoms and dental dams
  • Rapid testing for HIV and hepatitis C
  • Safer smoking education & supplies
  • Nasal (Narcan) and injectable naloxone
  • Overdose response and naloxone administration training
  • Referrals to health care, substance use disorder treatment, behavioral health services, social services, housing and more

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

Phone: 701.298.6982

Current Hours of Operation:
Monday & Thursday: 3:00 - 8:00 pm
Tuesday & Wednesday: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: closed

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.

Harm Reduction Center - Harm Reduction Division

Downtown Engagement Center (DEC)

Downtown Engagement Center (DEC) - Harm Reduction Division

Street Outreach / Mobile Outreach

Street Outreach / Mobile Outreach - Harm Reduction Division

Our full Harm Reduction Division program video

Harm Reduction Division (all programs)