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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 assistance in stabilizing their condition.

The George Spady Centre Shelter and Detox Programs 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 the George Spady Centre Shelter and Detox Programs 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 may be when arriving at the Centre.


Clients may be referred by:

  • Themselves
  • Edmonton Police Services
  • Hospitals/Physicians
  • Family and Friends
  • Various Agencies
  • Concerned Family Members
  • A.A/N.A.

Eligible Clients

Shelter— Individuals who are intoxicated and require 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 any of our services.

Detox—Clients who do not require medical supervision during withdrawal from drugs or alcohol.

Ineligible Clients

Clients whose behavior is unmanageable for staff

Clients afflicted with serious medical or  psychological conditions

About Us

The George Spady Centre Shelter and Detox Programs are accredited, and are funded by Alberta Health Services and private donations. We are a registered charity incorporated under the Societies Act of Alberta. All donations are welcome and are tax deductible.

At George Spady Society Shelter and Detox Program, Clients Receive:


  • 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

Shelter & Detox Services Offered

  • Overnight Shelter
  • Referrals
  • Detoxification
  • Information
  • Education Sessions