Sister Josephine Brennan (right) treated the homeless veterans at the Gladys Ray Shelter, Fargo, N.D., to pumpkin bars on Veterans Day. Also pictured, left to right, are Sisters Maris Stella Korb and Peggy Byrne who accompanied her to deliver the bars to the shelter.
Gladys Ray Shelter and Veteran's Drop-In Center
The mission of the Gladys Ray Shelter is to provide a safe, comfortable temporary shelter to people who cannot access other shelter options in the community, and to help connect people to housing and services in a welcoming and non-judgmental environment.
The shelter can serve up to 25 adult males and 10 adult females, and provides a safe respite from the streets where people who are homeless can take care of basic human needs daily. Gladys Ray Shelter is a free shelter for homeless adults regardless of physical or emotional conditions, and aims to facilitate their move toward self-sufficiency.
The Gladys Ray Shelter 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. It is committed to helping ensure that adequate housing options and resources are available to all guests leaving the emergency shelter.
Veteran's Drop-In Center
Sponsored by the VA Health Care System in partnership with the Gladys Ray Shelter, the drop-in center provides veterans who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless, opportunities to meet their immediate needs such as respite from the weather, showers and laundry facilities, meals and clothing. Additional services include referrals to community-based services, advocacy, internet/phone/email access, mail drop services, help with getting prescriptions filled or making appointments, and numerous other support services.