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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

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

2 Lorna B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

SNAPPIN' Ministries is a great resource for families raising children with special needs. Great leadership and great ideas from caring hearts.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Barb Dittrich and her team at SNAPPIN Ministries do a remarkable job of providing tangible support to families of kids with disabilities. They have developed a replicable model of training parent mentors to help families in need effectively navigate the healthcare, social service and educational systems. They're great stewards of the funding they receive...I personally support their work financially, despite living 400+ miles from their base of operation in Wisconsin.

Terrie S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What a fantastic organization Sanppin Ministries is! My experience with them has been all positive. A family with whom I was working came upon hard times. Barb and Snappin Ministries stepped up to the plate and helped them out with funds toward their son's treatment. Barb is amazing!

Previous Stories

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We work with families who have children who are differetly abled. A single mom brought her son to work with me last summer; she was experiencing great financial stress at the time, as well as personal strain. We had offered her some financial assistance and she was still struggling to pay for the services. I contacted SNAPPIN MINISTRIES, and asked if they could help. Barb Dittrich jumped right in with a short, simple financial aid application, which the mom completed, and in a very short time, the family had received some financial assistance from SNAPPIN MINISTRIES, and the child could continue his therapy with us.

Julia R.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A fantastic organization with a mission to help others, especially the most vulnerable. Barb is a fantastic advocate and supporter of families with children with special needs.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

An organization is only as good as the people behind it. Barb is an incredibly dedicated and heart driven woman and mom. She brings excitment, hope, and information to Snappin Ministries.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Barb has a heart of gold. Her caring nature and love for people of all abilities is shown every day in her work. Barb uses Twitter, Facebook and other technologies to push the work she does out on the national and international stage. Five stars isn't nearly enough.

Angie U.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Barb is a true trailblazer in the field of special needs. The passion and knowledge she brings to the table is amazing and the families who have worked with her are very lucky. I admire all the she does and continues to do to advocate for families with special needs.