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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

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6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Jolene P.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

1 SNAPPIN MINISTRIES

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Tracy27

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!!!!