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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

30 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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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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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.

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2 Jennifer459

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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, :-) :-) :-) :-)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

3 jenniferajanes

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

2 Harmony H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2 Kurt R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

2 Missy15

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

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