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Gladys Ray Shelter

“The mission of the Gladys Ray Shelter is to provide a safe and comfortable place to stay for people that can not access other shelter options in the community.  The emergency shelter will also help connect people to permanent housing and services in a welcoming and non-judgmental environment.”

The Gladys Ray Shelter (GRS) opened its doors for the first time March 10th of 2008.  Approximately 441 people accessed the shelter during the first full year of operating.  As we approach three years of being open, that number has increased to nearly 800 people served.  GRS provides a warm, safe respite from the streets where the unsheltered homeless can take care of basic human needs daily. It is a free shelter and serves up to 35 homeless men and women per night.   We regularly serve individuals that are chronically mentally ill and/or chemically dependent, who may or may not be connected to support services in the Fargo Moorhead community, and cannot access other options for shelter.

Beyond meeting immediate needs, the goal of the shelter program is to enhance and coordinate on site resource services, programming, and assistance to move individuals beyond homelessness and poverty toward a more sustainable independent living situation.  In addition to building and maintaining relationships with the guests of the shelter, GRS maintains a broad network of community resources supportive of efforts to assist people that are homeless.  GRS aims to serve as a point of entry into the human services continuum of care often providing initial access to permanent housing, community resources and benefits for the most chronically homeless individuals in the community.

Through involvement in community organizations, education, and advocacy the Gladys Ray Shelter addresses 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 individuals that experience homelessness in this community.  Past and present guests of the shelter participate in our efforts to increase awareness and understanding of issues related to homelessness. 

1519 1st Ave S
Fargo, ND  58103
(nearest bus stop is University Drive and 1st Ave S)

Shelter and drop in services
6:00 PM – 8:00 AM
Seven days a week

Day time office hours vary Monday through Friday.  Please call ahead to ensure that someone is available before visiting the shelter during these times.

Contact information
Jan Eliassen, Director
Gladys Ray Shelter
1519 1st Ave S
Fargo, ND 58103
Phone: 701-364-0116
Fax: 701-232-1983