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Marius joined our Project Neighbor- Supported Independent Living Program as a new member of NTX SNAP.  Because this was his first time living on his own, his mother sought out Program Director, Paula Baker, and had her son join Project Neighbor which is designed to train and support individuals to live more independently. He learned how to live safely in his new apartment and neighborhood, care and maintain a clean and orderly home, cook nutritious meals and control his spending habits.  He also, found part-time employment through our Workforce Internship Program at a nearby fast food restaurant.  As Marius began to attend SNAP’s Independent Living Workshops and social activities he gained new friends and a new sense of confidence. With the support of NTX SNAP and his family, Marius now lives an active and fulfilling lifestyle. He is developing his self-defense skills in martial arts classes and is currently participating in Special Olympic Golf.  Marius has a wonderful “can do” attitude and a heart of gold.


Denise is a long time member of NTX SNAP.  She is an active, fun-filled lady.  Denise enjoys learning and regularly attends SNAP workshops focusing on a variety of topics such as: Money & Consumer Skills, Nutrition & Meal-Planning, Conversation Skills and How to develop & nurture healthy friendships.  Girls Night Out is one of her favorite activities each month where she enjoys activities centered around women’s interests and loves hanging out with her girlfriends. Just last month she had such fun at our Girls Night Out End of Summer Pool Party!  But Denise is not all fun and games, she is also very focused on her employment skills. Though she lost her long time job with a restaurant that had to close down, she regularly attends our JOBS Club, employment support group, to keep focused on being prepared for her next employment opportunity. Denise is, also, active in Special Olympic Golf. Her friendly, positive attitude can brighten up anyone’s day and any time SNAP has a dance you will find her out on the dance floor having a wonderful time!


Gregory was home schooled by his mother with great dedication, however, living out in the country meant limited social interaction with little opportunity to make friends.  He began coming to SNAP workshops with Program Director, Paula Baker. Initially, Gregory had difficulty interacting with the other members but over time as he attended Conversation skills workshops and many others on various topics and he began to learn how to speak with his peers more appropriately and developed friendships with them. Now Gregory is anxious to attend more workshops and develop his social skills.  Like all of us, Gregory longs to connect with others and while he begins to reach out more and more SNAP is there to offer a safe environment to learn and the support he needs to gain confidence and new skills.


Amber is a friendly and very helpful person. She has been working at a local grocery store in customer service for several years.  A few years back she decided she wanted to have her own place, to live on her own.  Her mother turned to  North Texas SNAP and our Project Neighbor- supported independent living program. With the support of her family and the training and support of SNAP’s creative approach to independent living, Amber has learned to take care of her own home and her own personal needs.  She is a very active member of SNAP, participating in JOBS Club, Girls Night Out, Supper Club, Movie time and every social event. Amber also serves on our Social Committee and is an Ambassador for NTX SNAP! Doing puzzles is a favorite past time and she cares for her grandmother who lives close by. Amber is always willing to help out her family and her friends and is a great example of  our members’ positive attitude and, with a little support, great capabilities.


Randall is known for his warm and wonderful smile and his eagerness to participate and contribute. North Texas SNAP Men’s Club was an immediate hit with Randall. He enjoys the camaraderie among the guys and loves every activity, but Randall is not only interested in having fun, he has been an active and enthusiastic participant in our service projects, as well!  When SNAP held a food drive he was an active participant, lending his muscle, as well as, his cheerful, friendliness to the project.  When the Men’s Club took on the clean-up of an overgrown historic cemetery, Randall was right there cleaning up broken branches and taking down an old fence with his fellow SNAP members! Of course, his favorite SNAP activity is when we attend a Rangers game, a college basketball game or a good hockey game.  Randall is also, very interested in finding a job so he has been regularly attending our JOBS Club- employment support group to hear about other members jobs, learn how to be the very best employee and work on his interviewing skills. He will make a dedicated and loyal employee for some lucky employer!   Wanting to continue to learn and grow, Randall has attended many of SNAP’s independent living skills workshops. His eagerness to learn and be a part of an active community is one of the many rewards those who help him receive….AND, of course, that beaming smile!


Ashley has many interests that she is passionate about; reading, movies (especially Star Wars), writing her own stories, the big cats at the zoo and photographing them, to name a few. However, connecting with her peers had always been a challenge for her, though she enjoys talking with older adults, perhaps because of their politeness and attentiveness to the subjects she likes to talk on.  Ashley joined our JOBS Club to focus on employment and she then became a part of SNAP’s Workforce Internship Program participating in volunteer internships at a nearby video store and at a local library enjoying working with some of her favorite things; movies and books!  Ashley, reluctantly at first, began to attend the monthly SNAP Girls Night Out meetings but she soon found a fun-loving, warm and receptive group of ladies that she could find her place among.  Within just a couple months Ashley’s mother came to us and ,with tears in her eyes, thanked us for Girls Night Out because for the first time in her life Ashley had real friends.  From there Ashley seemed to blossom in confidence and joy.  She shares with great enthusiasm the many ways North Texas SNAP adds so much to the lives of it’s members because she has experienced it.


Chad is all about getting things done right and always with a smile and great concern for others. He enjoyed his high school days and his time in a community college program and then later when he completed a special college program in New Mexico focusing on employment skills. When he returned home he desired to live out on his own, so his parents along with other North Texas SNAP parents sought to begin Project Neighbor- a program designed to train and support members who desire to live in their own place.  Since then Chad has been successfully learning to live safely and more independently in his own condo. His well-organized neatness is evident in his nearly spotless home.  Chad works at a cinema in his town but that’s not all, he, also, has his own document shredding business!  As one of our Ambassadors for NTX SNAP, he takes representing our organization seriously.  Being with friends is important to Chad so he really enjoys SNAP Men’s Club and he is eager to give his input on what kind of activities are planned.  SNAP dances give Chad a chance to practice his smooth dance moves with his girlfriend and to let loose and have fun with his friends.  Chad has a fulfilling lifestyle due in part to the support, activities and friends at North Texas SNAP.


Elizabeth  is an active member of North Texas SNAP who enjoys our Girls Night Out, Bowling, sports events and JOBS Club to name a few SNAP activities.  She also loves to be an example of  responsibility, hard work and to share about her work experiences.  Back when Elizabeth was looking for a job her parents sought out the help of our Workforce Internship Program.   Because she loves office supplies, a volunteer internship was sought out at a office supply store near her home.  After being supported through the interview process, Elizabeth was chosen as an intern and she proudly began helping in the furniture dept. changing price tags, dusting and keeping things in order. The SNAP liaison, Paula Baker, supported her in the first days of her internship and beyond and kept in touch with the manager to offer advice and ensure any support needed. Elizabeth was soon ready to learn new tasks in other areas of the store and often handed out sale flyers to customers as they entered the store.  Within just weeks, when the  SNAP liaison made her regular check-in with the manager, she was told that they wanted to hire Elizabeth for a paid position!  When thanked for this opportunity for Elizabeth the manager answered, “No, thank you for bringing Elizabeth to us!  I was having challenges in getting my team to work well together but when Elizabeth joined us my team rallied around to support her, became kinder to each other and caught her infectious positive work ethic and attitude!  And the community has responded warmly to her as an employee.” This manager discovered the treasure in Elizabeth and we hope to find other open-mined employers in our area that will give more of our great members a chance to shine, too!


Quotes from Members

Courtney- 
“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.”

Patrick
“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.”

Luigi-
“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.”

Pam-
“I like Supper Club because I can meet new people and greet old friends!”

Chad-
“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.”

Marius-
“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.”
 

Testimonials
    “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.”
    -Courtney

    “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.”
    -Patrick

    “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.”
    -Luigi

    “I like Supper Club because I can meet new people and greet old friends!”
    -Pam

    “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.”
    -Chad

    “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.”
    -Marius

Special Events

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

Please contact Brandy Schimmel for sponsorship and player registration at 817-545-9456 or executive.director@ntxsnap.org



"Boots & Bling
Casino Night"

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 executive.director@ntxsnap.org or 817-545-9456.

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