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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

Client Served

Rating: 5

Snappin Ministries helped me tremendously when I had a recent unexpected expense. They are awesome to work with and very inspiring.

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!

Donor

Rating: 4

SNAPPIN' Ministries is so much more than a charity. It's a ray of sunshine on a dark, stormy day. It's a glimpse of hope when a family is in despair. It's a kiss from heaven during someone's hell on earth. As a mother of two kids with special needs, a donor to this worthy nonprofit, a friend to another mom who received a basket, and a grateful recipient of a Mother's Day spa treatment. I heartily endorse this work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with this group from day one. I keep working with them because when I see the people Snappin serves, it gives me the perspective I need to know that my situation pales in comparison to the needs of others. Snappin has showed me the fact that it is a blessing to give. I have seen the look of gratitude when a family recieves a gift basket, a meal dropped off, or just the acknowledgement that someone actually cares. When raising a special need child, Snappin sees that it is not just the child that needs special care, the parents are also in need of some support. This ministry lets me know that someone else understands how difficult is is to be the parent of one of these prscious children.

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.

Mary B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Snappin' Ministries is a fabulous outreach network with Barb Dittrich at the helm! We were recipients in the not too distant past, and while I won't go into great detail, I will say that both my husband & son have disabilities (different from each other) and that Barb has been there with a big ear to listen and common sens to help me prevail!

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a pastor who has led Bible studies for parents of children with special needs on various occasions. Snappin Ministries INC has demonstrated creative ways of encouraging and partnering with families to help them along in their difficult, and often confusing journey. Barb and her team consistently help families properly order their priorities and discover inspiration to persevere. I therefore highly recommend this nonprofit to anyone looking for assistance in the area of special needs. Bryan Roe Pastor of Student Ministries Crosspoint Community Church Oconomowoc, WI

Client Served

Rating: 5

Again and again I have seen this nonprofit reach out to parents that are struggling and offer help and hope. They offer aid to families suffering through all sorts of disabilities, physical and emotional. They "get" all the areas where parenting a special needs child is hard -- the financial issues, the loneliness, the fear, and the isolation. They have programs for respite, and programs for helping families in crisis obtain needed medical services when finances would otherwise cancel them. This isn't an institution -- it's a group of caring individuals that have come together to offer what they can, and what they can is an awful lot.

Heather S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have autism and other physical disabilities. My children also have autism. Snappin' Ministries has helped me tremendously--from the care package to the monthly e-newsletter. It certainly makes my day a lot brighter!

Chrissy N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was blessed to become the foster mom for a beautiful 12 year old child. Snappin ministries sent me a care package. One night when the medical crisis my son survived ended, I opened up my present. It included personal items, toys for my new son and a book. It may have only been a care package... but for me that night it was a friend. My heart thanks you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Snappin Ministries is a great organization offering families resouces, trainings, and just networking. Families with special needs kids can feel isolated at times because of the challenges associated with raising a special needs kid. It is nice to know there is an organization just specifically for us parents. They are amazing and deserve 5 stars!!!

Matt K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Snappin ministries is an outstanding organization that continues to be a resource for our blended family in dealing with the every day issues that having 5 special needs children brings!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am always impressed by the love for and desire to help families with special needs that I see in Barb and the volunteers of Snappin'. It is incredible how much helpful information is distributed. The practical help for families in difficult situations is great. I appreciate both the Christian perspective and the practicality!

Client Served

Rating: 5

You cannot believe what this ministry offers. The support that I have received and the love from Barb is unsurmountable. God knows when we need someone in our life just at the right moment. She offers many acts of kindness and pampering opportunites that people just don't realize how important this is. I have been worn out, beat up and on my last leg when this ministry has loved and comforted me. Thank you Barb and those behind the scenes who devote their time and talent to be kind!

Carole P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fantastic outreach and support ministry. Was touched by their kindness when we suffered a tragic accident and amazed at the resources, care, and . . .yes . . . laughter in the face of what at the time seemed impossible.

Ann G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a great organization. I can never keep up with the wealth of information being posted every day in so many areas of disabilities. I love the Christian aspect of the organization as well. Thank you Snappin Ministries for your emotional, practical, and spiritual support!

Darcy Z.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Snappin Ministries helped our family in a time of need. The support we received was timely, encouraging and very much appreciated. They serve a population that is in need but often goes unnoticed. The personal connection they offer is comforting and ongoing.

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.

Maggie B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son has Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, and had a shunt malfunction this year that caused him to have to have surgery in June. At first we'd suspected Tethered Cord Syndrome, and I was talking about the surgery for that on Twitter, when Barb asked if I would like a care package for his hospital stay. Just knowing that she cared helped me through it, and my spirit was lifted when the package got to us.

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Snappin' Ministries is a wonderful organization that is always striving to help meet the needs and lift the spirits of struggling special needs families, whether that is through formal acts of the non-for-profit, or through all the personal kindnesses on the side that Barb Dittrich, who runs things, can fit into her own life, on behalf of others. Never satisfied with what she, or the organization is already doing, there is a commendable aspiration to find new, better and more ways to reach out to anyone who needs an understanding and supportive hand. What makes Snappin' Ministries stand out even more to me is not just what they do, but how they do it. They are a faith-inspired organization, but they share their faith without ever imposing it. They do not ask what you believe, or pressure you to believe what they do. They simply act to their best conscience, and hope their example, directly or indirectly, benefits you. There is no judgment before or after rendering of services. Accepting charity can be touchy enough for most people who need it, without bringing in religious guilt, so that this organization gives religiously -- literally -- without forcing anyone to accept strings that might be hard for them to swallow is something that really sets them apart.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization, helps not only local people but others in need throughout the US with suggestions, advice, and kind words. Even assists other area groups looking to set up a similar ministry. A wonderful knowledge base and a true asset to the special needs community!

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.

Jessica S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a mother with a special needs daughter with JIA. Snappin' Ministries has been wonderful with their support and inspirational stories. They were especially kind when I was dealing with all the hospitals and doctors when my daughter was hospitalized. They truly provide a Christian environment of caring, good will, and compassion.

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was really frustrated this past spring when my daughter finally got diagnosed with PDD-NOS. Feeling lost and alone, Snappin Ministries helped me to feel like people really do care, and offered me support and networking to help me through a tough time.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was chatting with friends on twitter and that is where I learned about them. I am a mom of an autistic daughter and myself I have a rare type of cancer. It is a place for inspiration friendship and help when you need it. Out of the blue I recieved a basket from them with some much needed TLC . The basket came with just what we needed at that time it was a real blessing. They do such good work for parents of disabled kids.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an extraordinary group of people that are parents of special needs children themselves who take time out of their lives to minister to those in need. There is tremendous heart felt devotion to doing goodworks and helping others. They are one of the most worthwhile charities I have come across lately. They are hands on and make the lives of some very isolated parents and their families better.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a mom who has been graced by the services and support of Sanppin' Ministries. They have always been there for me and my family. They have helped us in times of need. Touched my heart when I did not know where else to turn! The 'Mom's Day Out...Spa Days' are the best!

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.

Marianne S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have the pleasure of knowing and admiring Barb Dittrich. Barb is a compassionate, inspiring and incredibly giving advocate for families struggling with hard times and special needs. Her tireless efforts to help others is an inspiration to all.