Category Archives: News

“Where’s the Bread?” November Turkey Visits Programming Rooms

Happy November! Our big “Tom” turkey took a stroll through the programming rooms this week.  “Whitey Ford” was nonplussed as he visited the various classrooms and menacingly greeted our Purple Catters and staff.  Whitey grew up on our farm, he was given to us as a fuzzy, yellow, chick.  Never fear, he won’t end up […]

New Dairy Goats at Purple Cat

On Tuesday October 29, 2019, two new female kids joined the Purple Cat Family. Nan and Chai joined the pack courtesy of Abbe Turner from Garrettsville, Ohio.  The Purple Catters made friends immediately.  Here, Anthony shows them around the farm.  Come visit us and meet our new friends!

October Employee Spotlight — Laurie Wilson

Q: How many years have you worked/volunteered at Isle, Purple Cat, or Golden String?A: I started in 2007, on September 7th (12 years ago). Q: What do you do for the organization?A: I mostly do anything from cutting the grass at the farm to DJing at Golden String Radio on Phelps Street. Q: Name a […]

WE ARE HIRING DRIVERS!!!

Iron and String Life Enhancement (ISLE)/Purple Cat gives men and women who are reliable, caring & compassionate an opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life. ISLE provides assistance at home and in the community to persons who are “differently-abled”. Our motto is “Work Hard, Be Kind and Have Fun!” We offer a competitive starting […]

ISLE Boys Take Chicago By Storm

This September ISLE hosted its annual trip for friends to the “Windy City”.  Chicago dogs, an architectural tour of the skyscrapers along the Chicago River, Old Style Beer, lottery playing, pizza and “panny-cakes” were all enjoyed by the crew!  See you next year Chicago!

September Employee Spotlight: Dominique Smith – Gemini

Q: How long have you worked at the Purple Cat and what do you do and or like about it?A: 8 years. I do janitorial work at Gallagher’s Lunch Bucket. I love that I get to interact with the public and see friends every day. Q: What city do you live in?A: Youngstown Q: Who […]

PCMC Rocks The House at Pabstolutely 12

PCMC continued a string of great sets on their Summer 2019 tour at Pabsolutely 12 at the Royal Oaks on August 17th. The band kicked things off on a beautiful Saturday afternoon on the city’s East side to a captivated audience. The band have been working out new material as well as some well known […]

The Purple Cat Goes to PNC Stadium

MVR Bocce Day

On Tuesday June 25th-Purple Cat had the pleasure of working with a group of  YSU Physical Therapy students for what turned out to be the most beautiful little field trip for a game of corn hole and bocce at the MVR! In years past, they have coordinated a whole day of golf for us, but […]

Green Thumbs are Up at Farmer Casey’s Ranch

May is a fine month to be working outdoors! At the Purple Cat we have over 20 employees working outside daily at Farmer Casey’s Ranch.  The Hoop House is clean and productive.  Strawberries and Tomatoes are flourishing.  Garlic and Onions will be ready soon.  The bees are really buzzing too!  Our roadside store will be […]

April Employee Spotlight: Jude Mikulich

Q) How many years have you worked/volunteered at Isle, Purple Cat, or Golden String? A) 1⁄2 years Q) What do you do for the organization?A) I work with our theatre, radio station, P.C.M.C. band, and help our individuals with singing. Q) Name a client from Isle, Purple Cat, or Golden String that inspires you, and […]

New Castle News: People with special needs have variety of options at Farmer Casey’s Ranch

The picturesque red buildings, a 9-acre lake, geese grazing in the grass and live farm animals deliver a peaceful setting. Lugene Pezzuto/NEWS Farmer Casey’s Ranch, part of the Purple Cat group and its largest location, is a day-program vocational facility in Coitsville that allows ample opportunities for each person with developmental disabilities to achieve his […]

Two Additional Peacocks Added to Farm

On March 23, 2019, two female peacocks were added to the Purple Cat family. The females were added to compliment two males that were rescued in 2018.  There are now four pairs of peacocks at Farmer Casey’s Ranch.  We are hoping for more eggs and peachicks soon! Also added were a pair of Golden Pheasants.  […]

March Employee Spotlight: Melany Dugan

Q: How long have you worked at the Purple Cat and what do you do and or like about it?A: I’ve worked in the kitchen at Gallagher’s Lunch Bucket since October of 2018. I like being able to prepare salads and socialize with friends. Q: What city do you live in?A: Boardman Q: Who is […]

WKBN: Purple Cat looking for job seekers with a big heart

Courtesy: WKBN Jobs Now BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – If you have a heart for others, there is a job in town for you.   The Purple Cat, which offers day-program alternatives for adults, has some open positions.  Janine Miely has been with Purple Cat for seven years. She is involved in the arts and crafts section, which […]

January 20th Highlights Winter Beauty at Farm

On January 20th, 2019, the splendor of the Purple Cat farm at Farmer Casey’s Ranch was on full display.  The waning afternoon sun splashed its warmth on the chickens and guinea fowl in the hen house.  The “frizzle” chickens appreciated the warmth.  The “supermoon” (eclipse and wolf moon) illuminated the night.  We are thankful to […]

February Employee Spotlight: Chris Marchionda

How many years have you worked/volunteered at Purple Cat? A long, long time ago, like 5 years.If you could have any job in the world what job would you want? Ooh, Doctor, have witch hazel, band aids, rubbing alcohol.Name someone from Isle, Purple Cat or Golden String that you like to hang out with and […]

Happy Birthday to “The Bike Man”

Richie R. turned “the big 50” in November. He celebrated in style with his family and friends at his church. He enjoyed a bicycle themed cake and chocolate covered Oreos and Nutter Butters. Way to go “Bike Man”! Richie works at the farm and is in charge of all bike repairs within the ISLE/Purple Cat […]

Two Best Friends: Gaye and Debbie

Gay and Debbie reside together in Poland, Ohio and often work together at the Purple Cat. Currently they work together at the Morley Theater site. They are often hand in hand and help each other on and off the van daily. They are exuberant and full of life. Dancing, singing, art and saying “I love […]

Sew Be It! Purple Catters Hard at Work!

Our sewing program at Pearl Street Is growing! We picked up one more used sewing machine so we can make ALL THE THINGS! I can’t wait to see what the Purple Catters want to make for the holidays! Thank you to everyone that has purchased pillows in the past week! We are so happy and […]