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Shelter, Detox, and SCS

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 Supervised Consumption Service (SCS) is open nightly from 20:00 to 08:00.

The emphasis at Shelter, Detox, and the SCS 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. At the SCS, we provide a secure, safe setting for clients to inject and to learn about health supporting services.

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


  • Access from 20:00 to 08:00 to safe injection materials in a safe setting
  • Onsite RN, LPN and Harm Reduction support staff to reduce health risks, overdoses, and to build relationships to support the people who need it most
  • Referrals to wrap around services such as shelter accommodation, detoxification services, treatment, addiction and mental health services, housing, opiate replacement therapy, counselling advocacy, and both primary and secondary healthcare
  • Review the latest GSS SCS Community Impact Report