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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Christianity, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Religion

Mission: Our pursuit is to continuously support and encourage those living with the daily challenge of parenting a child with special needs so that the genuine love and hope of Jesus will be experienced and shared in their everyday lives.

Results: Begun in 2002, this organization began with 6 couples and a box of tissues. Today, we serve well over 3,500 families both locally and nationwide. Here's what we accomplished in 2015: • Throughout 2015 we continued to partner with Community Bible Church, San Antonio, TX, and each Sunday evening offer accessible worship for all via their internet platform http://onlinechurch.com. Through this opportunity, parents and families worldwide were able to attend church from the convenience of their home or even at the hospital. • We saw an average increase of 50% in attendance at our Quarterly Fun Family Events in January, April, August, and September. • We mentored approximately 160 parents through 12 Side-By-Side Parent Mentor Small Groups throughout the year at different locations and using a variety of platforms including Facebook, Zoom video conferencing, and in person attendance. • May 15, 2015 – We held our 2nd Annual Mother’s Day Retreat at the Cedar Valley Center in West Bend, WI, offering our first overnight for guests. A group of 33 mothers enjoyed guest speaker, Gillian Marchenko, the entertainment of Comedy Sportz, dinner, breakfast, and lunch, massages, manicures, crafts, a marriage workshop with Ann Gapinski, and time to enjoy the beautiful grounds all helped to refill the tanks of mothers raising kids with special needs. • September 30, 2015 – Our Foundress, Barbara Dittrich, was named as one of three finalists as an Innovator for the Right Wisconsin Right Women Awards. • November 21, 2015 – Our 3rd Annual Christmas Mini-Mall benefit moved to Crosspoint Community Church, Oconomowoc, WI, this year. In spite of the weather, the ministry made a net profit of over $2,700, up 158% over our previous year’s event. • April 22-23, 2016 - Our annual Refresh Retreat for Mothers celebrated its first year back at Crosspoint Community Church, pampering, growing, and engaging 4 dozen female caregivers with a remarkable weekend. • June 10, 2016 - Two more women completed our 12-week mentor program • October 17, 2016 - The Stackner Family Foundation awarded Snappin' Ministries a $5,000 grant to fund our TLC programming. • October 21, 2016 - The Oconomowoc Area Foundation awarded Snappin' Ministries a $3,500 grant to launch programming specifically tailored to fathers.

Target demographics: Parents of all children with chronic illness, disability, and special needs

Geographic areas served: Every state in the continental US

Programs: Parent Mentor Program (Training & Matching) Quarterly Fun Family Events (Winter Bowling, Summer Picnic, Spring Kite Flying, Autumn Outing) Gift Cards for those whose children are hospitalized or in financial dire straits Publications on line and through print literature to encourage Forums through social media to connect with others and locate resources

Community Stories

90 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was honored to serve as a musician at this year's Snappin' Ministries Retreat and was thoroughly blessed. What a good work this ministry is doing....blessing many families throughout the year and treating Moms to a very special spa retreat. I hope I am able to serve again. Thank you to Barb and the many other volunteers.

Chris221

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been blessed to be in a volunteer position for Snappin' Ministries in the past, and this ministry does so much for the special needs community. They go above and beyond to help other families.

Karin20

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Barb is incredible and has such a giving heart!!! Bless her and the work she does!!!

Evelyn21

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Snappin' Ministries steps into the gap in our communities by supporting families on their journey with a child with special needs. And they reach beyond the local community to offer video-conferencing to train support group leaders. It's a ministry whose impact is amplified by all who are touched by it!

Kathryn46

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing things happen with Snappin' Ministries Inc.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This ministry is a blessing to the community. Refresh Retreat was well organized and full of details designed to bring joy to the attendees.

Christine165

Client Served

Rating: 5

The annual mothers of special needs kiddos retreat was wonderful. Just what I needed.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was blessed to serve at the recent refresh retreat. It was well organized and everything went smoothly. The moms were very appreciative of the volunteers and the services that were offered. I would do it again.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Outstanding organization! I was so impressed with their mom's retreat this weekend! There were so many selfless volunteers who helped make all of us special needs mom's feel spiritually nourished as well as pampered!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing time this weekend. Thank you all for everything.