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Snappin Ministries Inc

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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

104 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Snappin Ministries is encouraging, bringing a breath of fresh air to the weary parent.

Karen348

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Debbie C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Lorna B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They give great support and inspiration to parents of children with sorvysl needs.

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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.

Beth C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Kerri Peetz E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!!

Peggy W.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A beautifully supportive tribe of people offering care and encoiragement in the daily moments, where it really matters.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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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.