Category Archives: News

November Employee Spotlight: Sarah Gilfoyle

Q: How long have you worked at the Purple Cat? A: Four years Q: What are your job duties and what do you enjoy doing the most? A: I work in the Candy Store at Oakhill. I stock supplies while also making popcorn and coffee. I enjoy interacting with all of the people that come […]

Workers with Disabilities Good Fit for Seasonal Work

The Purple Cat is a local business that promotes awareness of the issue year round. They offer day programs, job training, and job opportunities. YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month , and one of the issues facing people with disabilities is finding employment. The Purple Cat is a local business that promotes awareness of the […]

Frizzle Chickens Come to Farm

Thanks to our friend, Wayne Volin, we now have two frizzle chickens at our farm. The male, Joey G, and the female, Rhonda, now dwell with many other chickens and turkeys.

Duck Dynasty

“Duck Dynasty is being developed to help maintain the health and well being of the clients/general public, the ducks and the farm as a whole.” -Curt Moore Duck Dynasty will roughly be a 9,000 square feet duck habitat. 4,500 square feet in water and 4,500 square feet on land. The duck island and the duck […]

September Employee Spotlight: Janine Miely

Q. How many years have you worked/volunteered at Isle, Purple Cat, or Golden String? A. 5 1⁄2 years. Q. What do you do for the organization? A. I have driven the van. I also work a lot of Golden String activities. I worked for the day program at Pearl Street, Farmer Casey’s Ranch, and currently […]

June Employee Spotlight: Carole Swope

Q. How many years have you worked/volunteered at Isle, Purple Cat, or Golden String? A. 4 years Q. What do you do for the organization? A. Day Program Instructor Q. Name a client from Isle, Purple Cat, or Golden String that inspires you, and why. A. Danny Kerr. No matter what is asked of him […]

May Employee Spotlight: Brandon Flasck

Q: How long have you worked at The Purple Cat? A: 13 months Q: What are your job duties and what do you enjoy doing the most? A: I like doing dishes the most. I also clean tables and help out with all janitorial needs. Q: Who is your favorite staff and why? A: Debbie […]

Peafowl Add to Splendor of Purple Cat

This week three more peacocks joined the existing male at Farmer Casey’s Ranch. Now there are two males and two females. One of the females has already started to lay eggs. The peafowl are being cared for by our Purple Catters. The birds and their aviary were made possible by Leadership Youngstown, sponsored by the […]

Happy Birthday to The King

Earlier this month The Purple Cat sites celebrated Elvis Presley’s birthday with an impromptu photo shoot and with his favorite sweet snack, Reese’s Cups!

Steve Frazzini Serenades Us At Gallagher’s

Patrons of Joe Gallagher’s Lunch bucket we treated to a lunchtime concert on December 17th by our good friend Steve Frazzini who stopped by to share some holiday favorites and lounge hits. There was plenty of dancing and singing along. The place was rockin’ so loud that everyone came to see what the commotion was!

Monday Movie Series

October Employee Spotlight: Cookie Pucci

Q.) How many years have you worked/volunteered at Isle, Purple Cat, or Golden String? A.) Six Years Q.) What do you do for the organization? A.) Organize Field trips, Attend Golden String Activities, and give haircuts Q.) Name a client from Isle, Purple Cat, or Golden String that inspires you, and why. A.) Elijah Pegram […]

Tribute to Matt Campbell Now at Farmer Casey’s Ranch

A giant artistically painted, cement, cowboy boot is now outside of the gazebo at the Purple Cat at Farmer Casey’s Ranch. The boot is an ode to our departed friend, Matt Campbell. Matt passed away on August 28, 2016. Matt loved the Old West and cowboys. In fact, Matt considered himself a true cowboy and […]

September Employee Spotlight: Anna Santangelo

Q.) How many years have you worked/volunteered at Isle, Purple Cat, or Golden String? A.) I have been here for 3 years. Q.) What do you do for the organization? A.) Right now, I work at the Rewind Program at Oak Hill. Q.) Name a client from Isle, Purple Cat, or Golden String that inspires […]

Bowling is upon us!

HEY BOWLERS! The Golden String bowling season will begin September 21st and ends Wednesday January 25th. We will every Wednesday at Camelot lanes in Boardman. Bowling will start at 6:30pm sharp! Please arrive no earlier than 6pm and no later than 6:15. Due to the holidays we will not be bowling November 23rd or December […]

August Employee Spotlight: Kevin Swadener

Q. How many years have you worked/volunteered at Isle, Purple Cat, or Golden String? A. Approximately 2.586 of our Earth’s rotations that circumnavigate the sun. Q. What do you do for the organization? A. Recently donned the renowned throne and scepter of the Site Supervisor position at the prestigious and illustrious Morley Theater. Q. Name […]

Golden String, Purple Cat, and Johnson Controls Start Composting

This summer Golden String Inc. was the recipient of a grant through Johnson Controls to start a composting program. On June 17, employees of Johnson Controls (including Golden String Board Member, Luke Liguore) helped Purple Caters (David Filicky, Gregory Beers, Anthony Carelli, David Farkus, and others) build a six bay cement block composting system. Golden […]

May Employee Spotlight: Chris Gorman

Q: How long have you worked at the Purple Cat? A: One year Q: What are your job duties and what do you enjoy doing the most? A: I wash dishes, prepare salads, take out trash, and help in any other area the kitchen needs. Q: Who is your favorite staff and why? A: Colleen […]

May Employee Spotlight: Kristin Seidler

Q: How long have you worked for ISLE/Purple Cat? A: I have worked here since 2005 Q: What is your job here? A: I am a Golden String Radio DJ. I also assist other clients, clean and work the phones. Q: Which Client from ISLE/Purple Cat/Golden String inspires you and why? A: Mark Castro. He […]

Lit Youngstown joins us for a Poetry luncheon at the Lunch Bucket

Lunchtime was a little more exciting this past Monday at Joe Gallagher lunch bucket! Jimmy Sutman paired up with Karen Schubert of Lit Youngstown to host a poetry hour for the folks at Oak Hill Renaissance. The Purple Catters showed their poetic abilities with some poems about their lunchtime favorites and others expressing profound gratitude […]