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Jerry Keeps the Shelves Stocked

One of our own ISLE residents has been making an impact and changing perspectives on how employers look at people with disabilities. Jerry has stocked shelves at Sparkle for nearly 10 years and his work ethic hasn’t gone unnoticed. Jerry is also a Special Olympics coach, an active member of his local lodge, and a […]

ISLE Awarded by Mahoning Valley Historical Society

Iron & String Life Enhancement’s World Headquarters, in the heart of downtown Youngstown, was recently honored by the Mahoning Valley Historical Society for the restorations and renovations it received! We are truly grateful to the Society for our inclusion in the 2021 Historic Preservation Awards! Click here to check out the full story on WKBN.

The ISLE Office Gets Some New Paint

The ISLE Home Office has some new decor thanks to artist Patrick McClone. Appropriately enough, the wheelchairs were already on the building from an old medical supply wholesaler who’d previously been housed here along with Morrow and Wentz Sale Confectioners and Hire’s Root Beer. In addition to touching up the wheelchairs, Patrick added the classic  Stax Records  logo […]

ISLE Office Wins Commercial Revitalization Award from Mahoning Valley Historical Society

The Mahoning Valley Historical Society has announced its winners for the 2021 Preservation Awards and The ISLE home office is among them. During National Preservation Month the MVHS honored individuals and organizations that having a strong role in revitalizing and preserving our valley. The ISLE office, located in downtown Youngstown, opened its doors in 2019 and is the hub for […]

Golden String COVID Relief Grant

Golden String, Inc. has been supporting individuals with disabilities for years andwill continue to do so in this ever-changing environment. During these times werecognize Direct Care Staff across Trumbull and Mahoning counties have continued tolove and support these individuals in our community and provide services to maintain asense of security and normalcy. Golden String is […]

Our Friends Visit the YSU Loge

On November 23, 2019 our friends Robert, Earnie, Danny, and Brian watched the YSU football game with YSU President Jim Tressel. Our men were warm despite the cold weather in the comfort of a loge.  Go Penguins!

Casey Malone Stops By The ISLE World Headquarters

We Are Hiring Nurses!!

Iron and String Life Enhancement (ISLE)/Purple Cat is looking for Registered Nurses who would like to work part time. Hours are varied and can be flexible. The position includes supervising cases for delegated supports, training staff for certification, entering training record data into state system, and physical assessments.Initial nurse certification by Ohio Department of Developmental […]


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 […]

Elijah: A Man Among Men

Elijah:  A Man Among Menan essay by Jimmy Sutman Elijah is a worker at Golden String’s “Gallagher’s Lunch Bucket” specializing in operating the fryers and his favorite delicacy, hand cut french fries.  Elijah lives in a home owned by Golden String and staffed by ISLE incorporated.  Elijah appeared in our lives in 2004, after graduation […]