Our History


The Ed Keating Center was founded in 1998 by Jack Mulhall, Phyllis Eisele-Curran and Dennis Eckersley.

Jack and Phyllis first worked together at Stella Maris, a rehabilitation center near downtown Cleveland. In 1991, they left Stella Maris to create Freedom House. Seven years later they joined forces with Baseball-Hall-of-Fame pitcher, Dennis Eckersley, to create The Ed Keating Center. Jack dubbed it “the last house on the block”.

The driving force then, as now, was the belief that a chance for sober living should be available to anyone determined to overcome their addiction to alcohol or drugs, regardless of their ability to pay for the help they need. Jack passed away in November of 2009 at age 86, but is still a big presence in the hearts of the greater Ed Keating community.

Who was Ed Keating?

The Ed Keating Center is named in honor of legendary sports agent, Edward J. Keating. He conquered his own alcoholism, and is remembered for providing a chance at sober living to the most destitute of alcoholics and drug addicts.