What it means to be a local, Christian-based organization

By Keith Swartzentruber, Executive Director

Our namesake, Bertha Snyder, was a native of Metamora, and her love for our community led her to leave the charitable gift that would ultimately become Snyder Village. Those local roots have only grown stronger with the construction of our campus and growth in our service areas through our 30 years of existence. We have always been and will always be a local organization.

The decisions that affect our well-being and the future of our residents are made locally. The decision-makers are here on campus every day. Those decision-makers are people who have a local, vested interest in Snyder Village, its residents and our well-being as an organization. Those decision-makers are here now, and they will be here in the future. From the leadership team to our board of directors, there is an accountability relationship between us and those we serve. We see you in the grocery store or bank. We attend the same church. Our kids or grandkids go to the same schools or may play on the same teams or be in the same Scout troop or 4-H Club. We don’t just work in this community. Many of us live in this community. We don’t just want Snyder Village to be the best it can be. We want Metamora and our surrounding communities to be the best they can be too.

In addition to being local, Snyder Village is also a non-profit organization. Our board of directors serve on a volunteer basis, and many of them have ties to our community with loved ones who have been or who are currently residents on our campus. Our board represents a wide variety of backgrounds, and they bring various voices and perspectives to the table to help the organization make the best decisions to help us meet our needs now and in the future.

Our for-profit counterparts, in addition to providing care for its residents, must also be mindful of providing a profit or return for their stockholders. Without the concern for shareholder returns, we focus on our primary responsibility of providing quality care for our residents. Instead of paying returns to stockholders, we can invest in staffing, needed supplies and equipment, or our facilities.

Our care and service is further enhanced by our non-profit model in that we have a strong and dedicated team of volunteers that devote hours of their time because they know they are helping Snyder Village deliver better care and outcomes for our residents. We have generous donors who make tax-deductible contributions to Snyder Village because they know their charitable giving allows us to deliver the kind of care our residents want and need.

Finally and most importantly, we are a Christian-based organization whose mission states our commitment “to providing for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of others in a loving, dignified and Christian atmosphere.” That is the standard against which we need to judge and evaluate how we are doing. We will fall short of that at times, but it doesn’t mean we stop striving to achieve that.

Our desire is to say to each employee… “we want you to be here for more than a paycheck. As you care for residents, as you meet their needs, as you love those you interact with, you are fulfilling that mission.”