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Shelter and Detox

The George Spady Centre Shelter and Detox Programs provide a supervised environment for men and women who are under the influence of alcohol or other drugs and require help to stabilize their condition.

We are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Overnight shelter is available for 60 clients and detoxification for 27 more.

The emphasis at Shelter and Detox is on the stabilization and restoration of clients’ health in an accepting and nonjudgmental atmosphere. We believe that people are entitled to be treated with respect and dignity whatever their condition when arriving at the Centre.

Our Clients

At the Shelter we serve individuals who are intoxicated and need a safe setting while reducing their level of inebriation. All services are available to both men and women. There is no limit to the number of times clients may access our services. At the Detox, we serve participants who do not require medical supervision while withdrawing from drugs or alcohol.

Our clients may be referred by themselves, Edmonton Police Services, hospitals/physicians, community agencies, or concerned family and friends.

Services provided:


  • 24 hour physical care and supervision
  • Compassion and understanding from trained staff
  • Opportunity and encouragement to look at new directions in life
  • Information regarding treatment options and self-help groups


  • Supervised withdrawal
  • Assessment and referral to treatment programs
  • Information sessions and self-help program introduction
  • Referral as needed to other programs and services