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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

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful ministry that wonderfully serves a much under-served population...parents of special needs kids. I have had opportunity to provide respite to parents with special needs children and it is such a blessing to find a ministry like Snappin' that serves and supports parents who are often overwhelmed with the demands and challenges of raising specially "blessed" kids. I am so impressed with the efforts of the founder to reach as many parents and families as possible. I hope they continue to grow to reach and minister to more and more families.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I first met the folks from Snappin at the Accessibility Summit in VA in April. As a leader trying to kick start churches in my area to recognize and act on this issue, I have come to cherish the leader articles on their website/Face book. They have a unique combination of personal sharing that I can relate to, but also provide exceptional practical tools for all who work in this ministry area. As I do not have a child with special need myself, I value the insight this group provides, so that I may better serve those around me.

Max R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I stand in awe of Barb and Snappin' Ministries. Every day, she inspires countless parents of kids with special needs, myself included. Snappin Ministries is one of the major forces in the world of special needs social media (not to mention in real life)!

Amanda H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization provides wonderful resources and support for parents like myself. I am constantly impressed by their activity and the information they share through various social media outlets. I am learning more and more impressive things about them everyday. I have spoken with Barb on several occasions and find her to be both professional and extremely familial. I am looking forward to volunteering my time with this organization!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Not only am I blessed enough to have been the recipient of a much needed Mommy Basket...I have spent months getting to know this ministry and their heart. This is so needed and so important. As a mom, a caregiver and a registered nurse, a ministry such as this is a blessing to so many in such a specific way. keep it up! We love you!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen Snappin' Ministies grow from a grass roots effort to an organization that soley seeks to help the families of special needs children. Having been a special needs family, we know the challenges that abound and there is not one of those challenges that cannot be met with advice, love, and solutions provided by Snappin'. 5 star in my book.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen this ministry in action. They are very proactive in counseling, education, and offering spiritual, emotional and physical support. The director, Barb, has a heart of gold and her intentions are sincere in seeing that families with loved ones with disabilities are connected with all the resources that they need to continue serving their loved ones with more love, knowledge, and strength then they have ever had before.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have watched this ministry move from a dream to a reality. A ministry meeting needs of parents and children with a heart of compassion.

Cindy S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a truly wonderful organization that works so hard to help children with special needs. They are always there to help!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a mom with a special needs little boy with cerebral palsy. Snappin' ministries is inspiring and helps other moms like me to link up with each other. The support from this ministry is wonderful. They truly exhibit a Christlike love for people