ORCA House, Inc. is one of the oldest African-American founded and operated adult substance abuse treatment center in the country. It was founded in 1942 by several dedicated recovering individuals who had a sincere desire to reach out to others in need of help and support to recover from the disease of alcoholism and drug addiction. Being located primarily in the Outhwaite neighborhood of Greater Cleveland, by 1950, this small committed group of caring individuals had incorporated as the Outhwaite Recovery Center for Alcoholics, re-incorporated as ORCA House,Inc. 64 years later ORCA House is an essential, non-profit adult rehabilitation center with three facilities and a commendable history of serving the low-income adult populations of Greater Cleveland and its neighboring communities. ORCA House prescribes to the philosophy that chemical dependency is a progressive, treatable disease that negatively impacts the entire family unit. To this end, ORCA House adopts a holistic, culturally-relevant approach to service delivery that effectively addresses the needs and actively involves the whole family in the recovery process.
Greg Uhland has served as ORCA House’ s Executive Director since 2006. Mr. Uhland received his Bachelors Degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Work from University of Akron, as well as a MSSA degree from Case Western Reserve University’s School of Applied Social Sciences and a Mental Health Executive Leadership certificate from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management.
Beginning his career as a social worker for the Cuyahoga County Welfare Department, the Center for Human Services and the Salvation Army, Harbor Light Complex, Mr. Uhland quickly advanced to the managerial level when he assumed the position of Supervisor in the Department of Youth Services. From that point on, Mr. Uhland continued his career path by securing positions with ever increasing managerial and/or administrative roles, culminating in his appointment as Chief Operating Officer at Bridgeway, Inc., during his eight years at that institution. After leaving Bridgeway, Mr. Uhland went on to lead the Katrina Project at Mental Health Services, Inc. and then, just prior to coming to ORCA House, as a Clinical Supervisor/Site Manager at Murtis Taylor Multi Service Center.