About Us - snap history
In 1999, a group of parents in Northeast Tarrant County were looking for opportunities for their children with intellectual disabilities as they graduated from high school and approached adulthood.
They were frustrated by what appeared to be a fragmented social service system. Recognizing a need for more effective support, not only for their sons and daughters, but also for other families in a similar situation, the group began brainstorming ways they could make a difference in the lives of adult individuals living with intellectual disabilities.
Despite not having any experience in developing and managing a nonprofit organization, this small but courageous group of parents founded North Texas Special Needs Assistance Partners (SNAP), a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization serving individuals 17 and older living with intellectual disabilities.
Since inception, North Texas SNAP has expanded its small circle to serve approximately 200 intellectually disabled adults throughout North Texas. Our membership ranges in intellectual and developmental disabilities and is comprised of the intellectually disabled member, their families, business professionals and community members.
Like their peers without intellectual disabilities SNAP members have the same hopes and dreams; they want to have jobs, friends, relationships, and to feel they’re a part of their community and treated with the same respect.
North Texas SNAP is committed to helping these individuals achieve their goals and has become a strong voice for change for our members. Our vision is to have a community where people with intellectual disabilities and their families have a network that supports independence, choice and personal success for generations to come.
“SNAP is a great way to be social and make new friends! Girls Night Out has helped me discover new things. The Expanded Living Program has helped me become more independent and helped me to prepare for when I move out on my own.”
“Before SNAP I didn’t have “a life”, now I have lots of friends and get to do a lot of fun activities like Men’s Club, Supper Club and Rangers’ games. And I get to learn how to be a better man.”
“I like to go bowling with SNAP because of the great people and the great price! I have become much more social since joining SNAP.”
“I like Supper Club because I can meet new people and greet old friends!”
“I love SNAP. I have a lot of friends. I like bowling. I like to go to dances with my girlfriend. I like Men’s Club and all the different sports events and activities. Project Neighbor helps me to live on my own. I was scared at first but I learned how to be safe, cook, clean and take care of myself.”
“My favorite thing about North Texas SNAP is it’s fun! I like the people. I like to help out my friends. I like going to the movies with my friends. I like learning about leadership in Men’s Club. I am so glad SNAP has helped me through Paul Baker to get a job and live on my own. I am learning how to do things like budgeting my money.”
North Texas SNAP Annual Golf Classic
Monday, May 1, 2017
Shotgun Start at 1:30 p.m.
Bear Creek Golf Club
3500 Bear Creek Court
Dallas, Texas 75261
"Boots & Bling
Saturday, September 30, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Hurst Conference Center
1601 Campus Drive
Hurst, Texas 76054
To purchase tickets, please contact Brandy Schimmel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-545-9456.