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The Ed Keating Center


ed-keating-centerThe Basics

The Ed Keating Center in Cleveland, Ohio, was founded in 1998 by AA old-timer Jack Mulhall and Phyllis Eisele-Curran, who met while working at a rehab in 1991. They joined forces with Baseball Hall-of-fame pitcher Dennis Eckersley to create this 12-step based sober living and transitional care environment for financially challenged men and women. The Ed Keating Center was named in honor a legendary sports agent who overcame his own alcoholism and went on to help many others.

Accommodations and Amenities

The Ed Keating Center has three facilities including the male-only The Rock, a brick building whose exterior is reminiscent of an old hospital which houses administrative offices in addition to a section housing up to 85 men enrolled in the three-month Sober Living Program. The male-only clinical-looking Jones Road building was the original sober living facility. Today, it houses up to 85 men, including some in the Transitional Program and some in Work Release. The female-only Jean Marie House is a quaint bungalow nestled on a manicured lawn with room for 35 clients. Residents in each location are housed dorm-style in sleeping areas that have rows of bunk beds. Each bunk bed has a dresser that bunkmates share. Residents eat three hot meals a day, cafeteria-style.

Rules and Regulations

The program length is three months, and during this time, residents are confined to the facility. The weekly schedule includes attending group sessions from 9 am to 2 pm Mondays through Fridays. The groups focus on the 12 steps and the principles of AA. Other requirements include attendance at the daily on-site 12-step meetings. Each house has a live-in manager who oversees the residents.

After a successful graduation, the resident moves on to the three-quarter house section of the facility. Requirements include acquiring a job, and attending mandatory 12-step meetings on a daily basis. Residents also attend an aftercare program that includes one weekly group session. The cost for the program is free.


The Keating Center offers a men’s work release program. Criminal justice clients live in the structured, sober environment rather than jail. They are permitted to go to work and attend 12-step meetings in the evening. Proceeds from the work release program help to subsidize the operation of our other sober living facilities.

In Summary

Co-founder Jack Mulhall who died at the age of 86 in 2009, was an old timer in AA with decades of sobriety. Mulhall was well known and loved by many in the community. The Ed Keating Center is a living homage to AA and its principles of being of service to those who are suffering from substance abuse issues. Former residents say that The Ed Keating Center saved their lives, and that the program gave them hope and a new way of life.

The Ed Keating Center
2121 W 117th St
Cleveland, OH 44111

Mailing Address:
The Ed Keating Center
PO Box 770108
Lakewood, OH 44107

The Ed Keating Center Cost: Free (30 days). Reach The Ed Keating Center by phone at (216) 472-1276 or by emailFind The Ed Keating Center at Facebook and YouTube

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