Category Archives: News

Meet the newest Purple Catter!

This is Brittany C.! She finished her 3 day trial 2 weeks ago and started at Farmer Casey’s Ranch this Monday! She likes music and animals which makes her a perfect fit for the farm! Make sure to say hi if you see her out and about at Farmer Casey’s.

Caricature Day @ Farmer Casey’s

Our good friend Vince Ornato stopped by on May 3rd to do more caricatures of us. Everyone gets to take home their own portrait. They turned out great!

The Scratching Post, issue 2

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Train conductor makes stop in Youngstown for special delivery

For the past seven months, Matt Neff has gone outside of the Purple Cat on Southern Boulevard for one very specific reason by:  Keely Lovern Posted: Jan 15, 2021 / 05:22 PM EST / Updated: Jan 15, 2021 / 05:57 PM EST YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – For months, a Youngstown man with developmental disabilities has gone outside to wave to the […]

The Purple Cat 2020 Virtual Yearbook

This year, although we didn’t have events that normally cover the pages of our yearbook, many of our folks are still staying safe at home and haven’t returned to day programs- BUT we still wanted to create a fun way to see our favorite faces…”virtually”… enjoy!

2020 Yearbook Sneak Peek

Farmer Casey’s Ranch Expands!

Over the past year, we’ve made additions to our site at Farmer Casey’s Ranch to help our folks get around easier and enjoy more of what the great outdoors has to offer! Check it out here from our friends at WKBN 27!

Flowers Abound For Our Honeybees

At Farmer Casey’s Ranch, our bees are busy with our spring and summer foliage.  Please check out some of our photos and be on the lookout when you visit the Purple Cat Farm.

Bocce at the Farm!

Special thanks to Laura O’Neil and the Eagle Scouts/Boy Scouts for their time, effort, and donations to the new Purple Cat Bocce Court at Farmer Casey’s Ranch!  We are blessed to have them in our lives.  Gratzie!

The Path Before You

The path is complete!  Thank you to the Mahoning Valley Hospital Foundation and Marucci/Gaffney Contractors for funding and constructing our new accessible path around the lake at Farmer Casey’s Ranch.  The path is approximately one half mile around and allows those in wheelchairs to access our new bridge and the wooded acreage of the Purple […]

Haircuts for the Alpacas!

A big Purple Cat shout out goes to April, Connie, and Willie, our alpaca hairdressers!  Our 9 alpaca are now cool!  We are proud to report that 8 are in the appropriate weight range, one (who shall remain nameless) needs some exercise!  The animals were all pleased with their new “dos”!  Visit our friends at […]

March Employee Spotlight: Robin Gallagher

Q: How long have you worked at the Purple Cat and what do you do and/or like about it? A: A little bit over a year. I work at Gallagher’s Lunch Bucket. I do salad preparation and also serve french fries on the front grill line. My favorite thing about attending the Purple Cat is […]

Suzie Closes in on Another Thousand for St. Jude’s

Purple Catter Susan Kramer is shown below “taking the money to the bank”.  She, along with Marc S. and Kevin A. deposited the change she has been counting for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.  Susan has wrapped and counted over $800.00 in the last two years and over $3000 for her career.  Susan, who was born […]

Purple Cat Continues Supporting the Arts, Lit Youngstown

On Sunday March 22, 2020, The Purple Cat Morley Theater in Downtown Youngstown will feature Whitman and Brass at 2:00 pm courtesy of LIT YOUNGSTOWN.  The Purple Cat is proud to support LIT YOUNGSTOWN and its mission to promote writing, poetry, and all art in our community.  See you there! Jimmy Sutman reads a poem […]

Farmer Casey’s Ranch, Home Sweet Home to Dozens of Ducks

The Purple Cat at Farmer Casey’s Ranch in Coitsville is home to over 100 ducks, trumpeter swans, and geese.  The cleaning of habitats and feeding is handled by our Purple Catters on a daily basis.   The seven acre lake at Farmer Casey’s is home to four aerators which prevent the lake from completely freezing […]

A Murder at 334 N. Pearl

Today at Pearl, a murder mystery party was held. We had a cast of characters that included mobsters to a mad scientist. We had a blast getting into character, finding clues, and as the plot twisted and turned we finally solved the crime! Can you guess who the culprit is?

“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 […]


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 […]