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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

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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!

2

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.

3

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!

3

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

Christine165

Client Served

Rating: 5

The annual mothers of special needs kiddos retreat was wonderful. Just what I needed.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing time this weekend. Thank you all for everything.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing organization! Was so blessed to be able to attend a retreat this weekend.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

2 Ellen54

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

2 Toni T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

2 Gina50

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

2 Deborah68

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1 Shannon49

Client Served

Rating: 5

Love what Snappin has done for me and my well being. Can't wait to see what else they are up too next!

1 Carrie48

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!