Special Strong is giving local businesses a platform to share how their services can make a difference for people with special needs. This service provider is North Texas SNAP, a jack of all trades resource center for adults with special needs.
What do you do?
North Texas SNAP is a nonprofit dedicated to creating and supporting a variety of programs and services for individuals 17 and older living with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Our members’ unique needs and personal potential are guiding factors as we develop activities and programs to help them achieve the skills necessary to successfully succeed in society.
Members have the opportunity to grow in a positive and caring environment where friendships are nurtured and life skills are developed.
Some of our programs are:
Expanded Living Program
Girls’ Night Out
Workforce Internship Program
Social Activities (dances, socials, community events)
SNAP is a great place to make friends and find a network of support for the entire family!
Tell us your story and why you got started.
In 1999, a group of parents in Northeast Tarrant County were looking for opportunities for their children with intellectual and developmental disabilities as they graduated from high school and approached adulthood.
Frustrated by what appeared to be a fragmented social service system and 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 and developmental 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 and developmental 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.
If someone was considering your services, what would you want them to know?
Thank you for considering North Texas SNAP! We want you to know that we understand what it is like to be an adult living with an intellectual/developmental disability.
Our members have the same hopes and dreams as their peers living without intellectual and developmental disabilities; they want to have jobs, friends, relationships and decent affordable housing.
We are committed to helping our members achieve these goals and providing them with a solid support system for generations to come.
When you join SNAP, you will find a range of activities from dances and community events to job skill training and independent living skills.
There is no pressure to attend all of our events… just come to whatever you are comfortable with.
Here are some 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
“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
Executive Director: Jen Ulatoski-Job
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