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Novo Ministries Inc

Rating: 4.89 stars   47 reviews 3,657

Nonprofit Issues:

Children & Youth

Address:

1700 NE 4th St Oklahoma City OK 73117 USA

Mission:

Novo Ministries exists to break cycles of destruction, hopelessness, and purposelessness through the creation and cultivation of life-changing mentoring relationships with inner-city boys and girls.

Target demographics:

At-risk children ages 4 - 12 in Oklahoma City's inner-city communities.

Geographic areas served:

Oklahoma City

Programs:

Novo Ministries seeks to connect passionate individuals, churches, and organizations with inner-city communities in the greater Oklahoma City area by helping facilitate weekly after-school programming in these communities. Regularly, the children of our Novo programs and the programs of our partners have the opportunity to build relationships with caring mentors who pour into their lives, share positive teaching, and who paint a picture of a reality that doesn’t have to end with jail, broken families, or gangs. We believe that the children and families in inner-city communities have many needs, but their greatest one is to experience hope and to find and fulfill the purpose for which they were created.

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Reviews for Novo Ministries Inc

Rating: 5 stars  

Getting to be a part of NOVO has been an amazing experience, so far. Going each week and spending time with the kids, watching their love for Christ grow and his work in their lives, is definitely one of my favorite parts of my week. The organization is very organized and fun. I love their message and desire to share the good news of the gospel with inner-city kids.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love this ministry! Novo benefits so many inner city children of OKC. The feeling of love and giving is alive here. I'm so glad to have toured their facility , it really gave me a feel for the passion and dedication of everyone involved! I hope you will get involved in this ministry too:)

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love to see the difference that Novo is making in our community. Novo understand the needs of inner city children and their leadership is passionate about seeing the children of Oklahoma City reached for Christ!

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

First off I want to say that I loved working with Novo. My co-workers became like family along with the children who we built relationships with. I served at Novo as a Program Assistant for one year (May 2012 to May 2013). During the Summer months we did non-stop Day Camps which included fun, games, Bible teachings, and water! Summer is a very busy time, but very rewarding. You get to teach and mentor boys and girls by teaching them God's Word. Novo helps boys and girls to understand why they are receiving discipline and will talk individually with anyone to help correct wrong behavior by pointing to scripture. The school months are specialized to specific programming sites. It was there that more personal relationships were formed and that you could see more change in the children's lives.
The office atmosphere is very encouraging. Personal growth and development is a major focus for Novo's employees. There are many opportunities to grow with this organization. My teaching skills greatly increased, along with being able to relate to children more. I developed a deeper prayer life and more of a passion for kids.
There will be some days at programming sites that will be hard and discouraging, but it is a fight that is worth fighting for. You will have a work family that will pray for you and help you when you are having trouble teaching, relating to the kids, or anything you struggle with so that you will be better prepared. You can grow in your strengths and weaknesses. Your talents will be used to their fullest potential at Novo; specifically office work. I enjoy being organized and doing human resource type work. Novo realized that talent and I was used to do what I did best.
I highly suggest volunteering or working for Novo Ministries. God will change your life and the lives of others if you invest your time and efforts into this ministry.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hire more men. Male role models are very important for the older children. Sadly not enough men seek non profit / social work.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Novo Ministries changed my life. I began volunteering in 2010 at a Day Camp. The kiddos just melt your heart. Being able to share Christ and love on children that need it in Oklahoma City's inner city is an awesome experience. I would highly recommend Novo Ministries to anyone that has a passion for sharing Jesus and loving on children.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first volunteered with NOVO in 2011. Since then I have volunteered several other times at day camps and summer programs. My most recent experience was in August of 2013. Every time I volunteer with NOVO I have had opportunities to get close with one or more of the children. Whether the children had questions about the gospel, or they didn't understand some of the rules in place (like remaining seated in large group), there were plenty of opportunities to show them you cared about them. The professional nature of NOVO truly enabled me to care for the children in this way. The lesson plans tackled big issues in a very simple-to-understand way, the props were always clean and in good order, and the staff was knowledgeable and trained to deal with a wide range of issues.
I could not be more impressed with NOVO as an organization, and am truly blessed and excited about NOVO's mission. Bringing the gospel to inner city children while connecting them with Christian churches makes me want to celebrate.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am proud to recommend NOVO Ministries in the OKC area to anyone who is looking to invest in the cause of spreading the gospel of Christ to inner-city children, The workers who go into the apartment houses to tell Bible stories, sing Bible songs and minister to children are some of the best young people. I personally know two of them.
I purchased story books of Bible characters/happenings and send them to NOVO via my son's roommates. I wish I didn't live three hours away , or else I would do more.
I teach school. I hopefully will get to go volunteer some next summer.
Mrs. Jennifer Kilgore
Braggs, OK.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Quadruple its funding

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a ministry, they do a great job taking care of their staff's needs, providing space and opportunity to do the behind the scenes work necessary before going out to work with the children. It has been good to see how they use finances and donations to better equip their leadership team in order to lead the volunteer groups successfully.

Was your donation impactful?

Likely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 4 stars  


Novo goes where most organizations won't. They go to the rough
neighborhoods and the tough schools and improve the outlook of the children.
They try to instill structure, discipline with a positive purpose. I have
dealt with many of the children in large group, small groups and
individually. The children react in a positive way to the investment being
made in their lives. I wish other large cities had a group like Novo with a
city that partners with them. Greg Hallett

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Strategically I wouldn't make any changes. More technology could be used tactically.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started helping with NOVO about 5 years ago. It is such a great way to help our children in the community to feel loved and special and to learn about how much God loves them. I love working with the children and seeing how they grow and how they want to be a NOVO volunteer when they are old enough to help. Their smiles and hugs are such a blessing to me. It is a great mission field here in our state!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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