Snappin Ministries is encouraging and offers hope to the tired special needs parent! We all need a virutal hug or a pat on the back sometimes, combined with practical ideas, helpful suggestions, and God's love.
Snappin Ministries is an awesome nonprofit bringing care, education, and advocacy for parents and caregivers of children with chronic illness, or special needs. Snappin is an encouraging lift up for families!
I am blessed to have started volunteering with Snappin Ministries several years ago. Snappin is a well organized ministry with a well needed focus on the needs of parents raising kids with special needs. The ministries advocacy efforts and information sharing have helped to raise awareness on many issues. I am always amazed at the strength of these parents and am blessed with the opportunity to watch them be uplifted by the events and resources provided by Snappin Ministries.
I met Barb at Snappin Ministries Inc. at a very rough time in my life. I attended a retreat that made me laugh as I have not done in a long time! I walked away feeling blessed and hopeful. Thank you Barb for showing me there is compassion in this world.
I have learned of many individuals and families that have needed the power of prayer. I volunteer to do this on my own personal time. I have prayed for love, healing, comfort, strength and anything else I felt appropriate for the situations. I pray this group grows and helps more people every day.
They give great support and inspiration to parents of children with sorvysl needs.
SNAPPIN' Ministries is a great resource for families raising children with special needs. Great leadership and great ideas from caring hearts.
I just completed Snappin Ministries parent mentor training program. It was an incredible experience to learn along side other parents who desire to reach out into their community and help others. What a valuable resource this ministry is! They do so much to serve, comfort and prepare others. I am blessed to be a part of that.
I just completed the mentor training and learned some invaluable information as for helping others, as well as things that can currently help me for where I am right now. I hope that I can share what I learn with others and continue to spread the Gospel. Plus it was fun to do the class. Thank you for all you do!!
Snappin just makes everyone feel ok with whatever they are going through. It could be as little as a hangnail, or as big as a 24hour surgery, you'll know SnappinMinistries will be right there with you be it in person or in prayer. They are so caring and provide wonderful retreats for all mothers! They have special events for kids as well! What an awesome ministry!
SNAPPIN' Ministries has been a huge blessing in my life as a special needs mother. I originally discovered the ministry through their blog. I had just left my full-time job to become my daughter's full-time caregiver. She is medically fragile and medically complex. During a very trying year with 8 hospital stays in 7 months, Snappin' Ministries sent a care package to me. This care package allowed me and my family some time to regain normalcy when we returned home after our last hospital stay. I felt so loved and so cared for. The package also included some practical things to ease the burden of care while trying to unpack our hospital bags at home. I have been in touch with the ministry for the last 2 years long-distance since I live in Florida and the ministry is based in Wisconsin. I have also been blessed to tell other parents across the country about the ministry. Having Snappin' Ministries available contributes to my spiritual and emotional well-being. I thank God for them.
Barb is an encouragement to me, and her giving spirit is the heart of this amazing ministry. Can't help but love her and the way she helps families with special needs.
A beautifully supportive tribe of people offering care and encoiragement in the daily moments, where it really matters.
I was blessed to be able to attend the Special Needs Mom's Retreat this year. I enjoyed being pampered! The food was very tasty and there was water,tea or coffee available. Friday night Karaoke was a blast! The workshops were enjoyable and interesting. I made some new friends and was able to catch up with some old ones. I will definitely put this event on my calendar for next year!
This ministry comes along side the parents in the trenches if you will. By providing encouragement and support to parents they share God's love for the least of these. Snappin Ministries has been a special gift of encouragement to our family. TK
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.
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.
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!
This ministry is a blessing to the community. Refresh Retreat was well organized and full of details designed to bring joy to the attendees.
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.
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!
Snappin Ministry has touched me and my family so many ways this past year.
Ministered by giving the family some gift cards when our son was hospitalized.
I just attended a women's retreat that refreshed me spiritually and emotionally!
Thanks so much!!!
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.
Snappin' Ministries is an amazing organization dedicated to serving the servants. I have been both recipient and volunteer and have been blessed abundantly in both capacities.
I have been involved with Snappin Ministries for several years now. My first experience was at a member event in which we went bowling. Not only did my family have fun bowling amongst others but we received companionship with other families in our same situation. I have also been blessed to attend the mothers day retreat, on the planning committee and have my daughter attend a respite event. This last year I was involved in the Facebook book club and face to face book club which the topics, and discussion I felt blessed to have others to share my opinions and feel supported at the same time. This organization really is helping the community rooted in the Christian faith with the needs that families like ours so desire. I now serve on the board and plan to help with the Mother's day event this next year. This is a special organization for many families including ours. They are serving in ways that no one else does! Love Snappin!
Thank you for the wonderful encouragement! I am a parent of 3 children with special needs and participated in a small-group book study. It was such a positive and helpful experience, not like many of the other groups I have tried where I left feeling worse than when I arrived. I really appreciate how the study helped me gain some perspective on my family's situation and caused me to reevaluate some of my reactions and biases. I have felt so understood and supported by the group!
Got to hear Barb at By the Brook, very much enjoyed her. I have a 10 year old Elisha, a great kid, takes 4 to 6 shots each day and 5 meds , all so uses a cpap. at night and is dislexic , he us a wonderful kid and a fighter. I thank God for ministries like this, God only knows how important they are we need each other. God bless. Elisha and Selina, :-) :-) :-) :-)
I love what this ministry does for so many families who have children with special needs. Supported by prayers, events, blogs, gifts of support of those in need and so much more in so many ways.
I fully support Snappin' Ministries in their mission to help families of special needs children. The care, love and respect given to these families is unsurpassed. I have volunteered and look forward to helping more in the coming years. I believe in the work they do and the importance it has to our communities.
I am both a volunteer and client served, and I consider Snappin' Ministries one of the top ministries serving families of children with disabilities. They have provided support and encouragement both online, through phone calls and emails, and physically with one of their famous care baskets. Snappin' Ministries is always there when we need them, whether it's prayer support or just a listening ear we need. I don't remember what it's like not to have them at my back, and I don't want to go there again!
Snappin' Ministries gave us a care basket and I STILL use stuff that we got in it a year later. Their ministry is phenomenal and true evidence that God does NOT leave us alone while we are here on earth...he surrounds us with love and support.
I attended the mom's conference, while I was asked to come as the speaker, after I addressed the mom's, I enjoyed an amazing afternoon being pampered, enjoying good food, and having great conversations. I walked away feeling refreshed and thankful to have attended the reatreat, and especially thankful for the leader, Barb Dittrich, who is passionate about helping parents know they are not alone, and they are loved.
We LOVE SNAPPIN Ministries!! I learned about their organization about 4 years ago and they have become an invaluable resource for me and my family. I only wish I had learned about them a few years sooner when I actually lived in WI. But thankfully, they are there to help families nationwide. I have received some great resource books from them on special needs and special needs ministry that have been amazing!
SNAPPIN is an incredible resource for families affected by disability. The best part is that the people of SNAPPIN, particularly their leader / founder Barb - are living in the trenches every day - raising a child with a disability. They embody compassion, empathy, and encouragement.
I have had a great experience with Snappin' Ministries in multiple ways and opportunities. The one I am going to emphasize in this review is the pleasure I had working with them in one aspect of their summer picnic. They invited me in to help them bring their picnic from an indoor concept to an outdoor concept and include adaptive water skiing. They joined USA Water Ski to do this thoroughly and take command of the whole dynamic of doing this. With the success they had in providing water skiing on sit skis and a few cases of stand-up skiing, there is already talk of considering this for next year.
Another proverbial feather in their cap is they do everything they do, and now they have proven that they can also deliver adaptive water skiing to add yet other way that families that have a member with a disability can benefit.
Serving with Snappin' has been one of my most joy-filled volunteer experiences. From day one, I have been authentically encouraged and inspired by the work they do, which has spilled over into my family, my friendships, and my community. I am so thankful to contribute to this mission!
We have a son with a chromosome deletion with this he has autistic tendencies so for 10 years we were living in Camerons world...never getting a break. When we moved to Wisconsin we heard of Snappin Ministries through our local church and we were pleasantly surprised at what they offered. Not only did we want to receive services....We wanted to find out how we could help serve. They provided proper training so we knew the expectation and learned how to provide an exciting time for the kiddos while the parents get a breather. Working with the other volunteers and with the kiddos has been very rewarding. We can truly understand the value of 5 minutes of normal to a family that has a child requiring special needs. I highly recommend this program to any family looking for an outlet.
My first encounter with Snappin' Ministries was when I signed up to be a vendor for one of their fundraisers. By the time event actually happened, I found out that our own little baby-to-be would be one of the special ones. Fast forward to a couple of weeks after Tobias' birth and we were already stationed at Children's Hospital so that he could be treated for a respiratory illness. Snappin' Ministries sent a care package to our home that provided not only gift cards to various businesses, but also some toiletries and other items. Tangible and practical love was given through that package, and with no family living near us, we truly felt like the care package was a hug from above!
As a parent of 3 special needs children, I sometimes feel so alone in the world. Snappin Ministries has helped our family through a few crisis situations and most importantly, day to day troubles. They have provided us with friendship and spiritual leadership. The family events they hold are wonderful. Our children are able to be around other families with special needs. It is so nice to be able to talk with other parents and share our challenges and celebrations. It is one of the few times we can relax and let our children be children without being judged by others.
Snappin' Ministries has blessed us far beyond words. They have reached over many states to help us carry our burdens. Facing major medical issues, while trying to care for 4 children, each with their own special needs (medical and learning), has been overwhelming. Snappin' provided gift baskets to help lift our spirits with some sweet little goodies, but they also eased the financial burden with gift cards to ease our basic daily expenses. Thank you to everyone involved at Snappin' Ministries!
My husband and I have volunteered with Snappin Ministries several times this last year, the events are very well organized to give the parent of a child with special needs time to not worry about the care of their child. They can be assured they are in good care with the volunteers. As a mother of a 15 year old daughter I know the anxieties being able to have a night out and would have loved to have that as my daughter was growing up. Now she joins us volunteering at times and loves doing that.
I truly enjoy this program and will continue to volunteer when I am able and in any other ways I can support Snappin Ministires.
Sincerely Tammy Ligman
Snappin' Ministries ministers to parents of kids with special needs. This non-profit has a huge heart and a reach far greater than than their budget indicates. Volunteers give of time and talents to provide quarterly respite and family fun events in Wisconsin. They also send gift baskets to families around the country, provide awareness of special needs resources via social media and encouragement via their top notch blog. They also train parents of kids with special needs to mentor other parents with special needs to reduce isolation and build connections for families. Snappin' truly is a great non-profit.
I've worked with Barb for the past two years as we developed and wrote the Parent to Parent Mentoring Curriculum. I was asked to join the board a year and a half ago. In both capacities, Barb has been a woman of vision with a deep desire to meet the practical and spiritual needs of parents of kids with special needs. Her efforts on their behalf are tireless, even as she cares for her own children, two of whom have special needs. Barb has created an organization that meets parents where they are at and connects them to resources and groups able to ease their burden and give them hope. Being part of Snappin' as a board member is an exciting and fulfilling endeavor.
I must admit that the first time my husband and I volunteered at a Snappin' Ministries event, we did so because it was a group near and dear to my cousin's heart. However, by the end of that very first event, I too felt a connection; not only with the kids, but with the leaders as well as the other volunteers. The dedication to and support of the entire family unit is unparalleled. I feel honored to be able to give of my time to this amazing organization lead by some of the most compassionate people I have ever met.
Snappin' Ministries offers parents a lifeline through family and personal support, events and respite care. I am a proud member of the volunteer team and love the work!
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.
The dedication of everyone involved is just phenomenal. And the passion displayed by their staff and volunteers is without equal. Love flows freely to everyone they come into contact with.
Snappin' Ministry has been a great and valuable resource to my family and I several times in the couple of years we've known about it. Here are two instances that I hold on to dearly: In 2011 I received a care basket full of items like gift cards, lotion, a candle and inspirational/encouraging literature. It came at a great time when my family and I were experiencing a great waiting period about our living situation. It really was exactly what we needed in our special needs journey to help us remember God was in control and was taking care of us at the time like He always has and always will. Recently in 2013 I received another care basket from Snappin' Ministry after I posted a facebook status update expressing my frustration with the special needs journey my husband and I are on with our daughter, Aria. I really didn't want to be up before dawn preparing life sustaining medication for Aria and I was overwhelmed and frustrated about doing again for over 9 years straight. Barb Dittrich read my plea and responded with kind and encouraging words in a private facebook message and again a few days later with a care basket full of familiar goodies. It's so wonderful to know that there are people in a ministry hundreds of miles away from us that are there to pray for us and encourage us on this journey that is also familiar to them. We are so grateful for Barb and all those that help to make Snappin' Ministry possible. Families like mine can always make it another day because of them.
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.
Love what Snappin has done for me and my well being. Can't wait to see what else they are up too next!
I became involved with SNAPPIN’ MINISTRIES last year. I am very proud to be a part of such a great organization. This non-profit organization made up of volunteers helps parents of children with special needs. It is a faith-based program that helps mentor and support people. In the center of it all is an amazing woman named Barb. This organization is one-of-a-kind in the nation!
I learned about Snappin' Ministries while working for a program for children with special needs. I was blown away by the dedication and enthusiasm this group offers to families. There are many fun activities and outings to provide as resources and support not only for the kids, but the whole family. It touched my heart and wouldn't let go, I had not choice but to jump in and serve!
I literally fell upon SNAPPIN' Ministries in my quest to help my daughter newly dx with autism. Our lives have been so richly blessed with the God connections since I was lead to them. I have a wonderful mentor and friend who has selflessly guided me along this journey and carefully brought me little nuggets of her experience and guidance that she learned along the way....priceless!
Our family feels so loved by this organization that says you are important and you matter and "we get it." Although each special needs parent has a unique journey, there are just longings and heart cries that resonant the same desires and needs for all our children. Thanks Barb for your tireless and transparent efforts to meet me on the same page at times speaking what my heart feels through your blog....it gives me such encouragement and strengthens my character for Him. I am so grateful!
I have worked with Barb of Snappin' Ministries for almost two years. Barb has helped me to grow in special needs ministry leadership skills which will allow me to better assist the families in my region of the country. I am also part of the Snappin' Ministries mentor development program which trains mentors to support special needs parents. This type of ministry is quite unique. The needs of families who have children with special needs often have needs which go unmet. Barb works tirelessly to reach, teach and encourage others in ministry even as she deals with the special needs of her own children.
With innovations in social media, Snappin' Ministries has reached others nation-wide. It has the potential to have world-wide impact as a unique ministry to parents by parents who share in the journey as parents of children with special needs. As a parent of two children with special needs, I know how difficult the journey can be and just how important this ministry to families such as mine. Snappin' Ministries is working diligently to fill a void too long unnoticed serving the "least of these."
SNAPPIN' is the little non-profit that could! Through some of the most dedicated volunteers out there, parents of children with special needs are served in unique ways. Most recently, the organization launched a faith-based parent mentor program that is one-of-a-kind in the nation. Parents can meet with their mentor right from their own home, no matter where they are in the country. A new smart phone app is also being launched to assist parents whether they're at home, in a doctor's office or at a hospital. People with skills ranging from having a love for children, to graphic artists, to licensed professionals make this all happen. What an organization!
Time and time again I have seen the volunteers of this organization offer powerful compassion with small gestures of kindness to parents of kids with special needs. It warms my heart to see this highly neglected population given hope and encouragement with simple things like a gift basket, a kind word at a time of stress or aid at a time of crisis!
I have seen the ministry work of SNAPPIN first hand as well as had the privilege to help out at events. I am always amazed at the love poured into these families who have such great need! Truly demonstrating the hands and feet of Jesus is how I would describe SNAPPIN ministries!
Barb and Steve have a huge heart for parents that have children with disabilities. There love for Jesus shines in everything that they do.
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!
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.
This is a wonderful organization and I had so much fun volunteering that I am staying on! Everyone was so friendly and welcoming to new people. I've worked with other non- profits before but this one is different. Everything about it deserves an A+ I can't wait to see where God is taking this organization!!!!
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)!