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Novo Ministries Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Centers & Clubs, Youth Community Service Clubs, Youth Development - Religious Leadership, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Novo Ministries exists to break cycles of destruction, create hope, and instill a sense of purpose through life-changing mentoring relationships with boys and girls in need.

Results: This past year we reached over 4,700 children! Nearly 74,000 hours were spent mentoring children last year across our partners. We supported 70 programs and 2,800 volunteers. Over 2,000 Bibles were marked. Over 1,400 hours were served volunteering behind-the-scenes at Novo HQ.

Target demographics: Boy and girls in Oklahoma City with little or no access to the Gospel.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 4,700 children!

Geographic areas served: Oklahoma City

Programs: We work with community members who are discouraged and don't think they have an impact. We believe if you know Jesus, you have something to give. We work to unpack your potential as a partner, volunteer, mentor - wherever you're at. Impact happens through life-on-life relationships. For that reason, mentorship is at the core of everything we do. * Our mentors provide consistent one-on-one relationships, a sense of safety and HOPE, and an opportunity for children to learn about God. * We support and provide resources for outreach efforts run by churches, nonprofits, and others to reach boys and girls with the Gospel. We provide * Structure * Strategy * Supplies * Support * Advocacy

Community Stories

98 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Joel T.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Very helpful people. Curriculum and organizational talent is great.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is highly trusted and respected among community donors and volunteers. They are sound and stable place for your time/monetary investments. Recommended!!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We were called to do an outreach ministry but did not have the knowledge or supplies to do it & someone told us about NOVO. We have been associated with them now for 4 years. They have been the backbone to our beginning & now walk beside us with whatever supplies or input we need. We could not of done it without God putting NOVO in our lives & helping us out.

2 Kathryn S.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is life changing. Not only for the children they are providing for but for the volunteers they allow to help make a difference. Novo is always so accommodating and kind. They spend time day in and out making curriculum and setting up bags. This organization is awesome !!

2 Sherry P.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the people and what they do. And what makes me love it even more is my kids LOVED Bible club & that's somewhere I didn't have to beg them to go. Keep up the great work.

2 Luke Michael S.

Donor

Rating: 5

Novo Ministries fills a much needed role in our community! More needy children are mentored each year and more families are reached with the love of Jesus because of the efforts of the Novo staff! Great work!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The materials we received for VBS and our children’s program were unbelievable! The work that the team puts into all the details makes our job so much easier. I love how they empower us to use the tools to confidently share the Gospel with kiddos.

3 Shivam P.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Novo Ministries is an amazing organization who works behind the scenes to empower the local church and after school ministries that already exist. They offer top class service and they are on top of everything they do. Then run like a well oiled machine.

2 Ashley P.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Very helpful and an awesome organization! So thankful to have NOVO apart of our ministry.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I was a volunteer with Antioch Norman's summer program. All of the supplies and curriculum that we got from Novo was so helpful and made the work load easier and helped the entire program run smoothly!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I believe in the power of mentors. Novo Ministries of Oklahoma supplies deeply impactful mentorship to many youth in OKC who would otherwise be forgotten. I encourage you to learn more about their organization by visiting their website to make a difference in the lives of children.

3 Amberfay Malbrough

Donor

Rating: 5

I can’t say enough about Novo Ministries. Everyone I have met from Novo has put 100% of their hearts into helping families. I had the honor of attending a luncheon with them and got to see first hand how they help families. It is a beautiful thing. They make it easy to give monthly and I’m proud to do so. I look forward to receiving updates in the mail and seeing the smile on the kids faces. Thank you Heather Lester for the introduction to Novo.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Great mission and vision! They are following the direction that God has given them and changing the lives of many children caught in a destructive cycle.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Novo Ministries does not just love children! Novo ministries is passionate about children and providing experiences of love and compassion, a touch of grace in a child's weekly life, that lights the way in their often dark world of poverty and hunger. Connecting children with the eternal love of a Heavenly Father brings hope! They are facilitating the change of trajectory in the children's lives, their families', their communities', and their generation. I love investing in hope!

4 Brandon P.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Novo Ministries is a wonderful organization providing phenomenal after school programs, and serving our low income at risk community here in Oklahoma City. I am proud to support such a generous and wonderful organization.

3 Regina M.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sharing God's word with inner city children. They go where no one else is going to reach the lost.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Novo Ministries is amazing! Their mission is to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to the inner city children and families of the OKC metro area through Bible clubs and community involvement. I have had the privilege to volunteer and work with them in the past. I really enjoyed being a part of this ministry. I learned so much about myself and the love of Jesus while serving with Novo Ministries. For anyone that wants to impact children's lives for Christ, I highly recommend Novo Ministries.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Novo Ministries invests in children and truly makes a difference in their lives. Not only does Novo impact children directly, but they also provide training and resources to partners to be able to reach even more. They are definitely a positive influence on the children (and their families), teaching them they are valued, worthy of love and care, and giving them hope. They "walk their talk" and fulfill their mission daily.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They have been an awesome resource in getting our Bible Club going. They really do a great job of taking care of the administrative items that can be burdensome for me to do, which allows me to focus on what i'm better equipped to do.

Valerie has shown herself to be a great help in not just things directly related to Novo, but has been a good resource for things regarding my organization as well.

2 Clayton M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I worked with this ministry for a small amount of time when I was a young man and volunteered with them for some time afterwards. You would be hard pressed to find a more pure ministry that exists solely to proclaim the gospel to the lost as this one does.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization all around. I volunteered there for years and Novo has seriously impacted my life and the lives of hundreds of children.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I have known the Founder & COO for over 20 years, we were neighbors to her and her family. She comes from a family who held high standards to helping others as long as I have been acquainted to them. I have been a supporter of NOVO ministries as much as I can and I'm so proud to be a part of this organization that is making a positive difference in the lives of children in the greater OKC metro.
Good work NOVO and God bless each of you!!!!

3 Joanna S.2

Donor

Rating: 5

Novo is a non profit I only recently found out about. However, seeing how much my own city can be affected by this ministry has been eye opening. We need caring adults to teach our children that they have value, they have worth, they have a purpose and that they are loved. I have heard story after story of how lives are being changed. Through the programs Novo provides children are being encouraged and get to spend time in a positive environment. They get to learn and be shown what love is- God’s love. There is good being done in our city- and it begins with giving our children hope for a future - it begins with a change of being told they are cared for and important- to be encouraged is something that be lasting. And showing Gods love is the goal. Novo is hope for our children.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Novo is a wonderful organization that helps spread the gospel to our city!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Novo does great work giving hope to kids who need it most.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Novo is an absolutely amazing way to spread the word of God to unreached children under hard circumstances. The volunteers there work so hard to help these children come to God and they have such a wonderful heart! I’ve never had a bad day at Novo. Sure, there’s been struggles, but our detirmined purpose is to know Him, to love Him, and to tell others about Him. God works through this ministry in unimaginable ways and I know for sure that I am touched by it!

2 Taylor B.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Novo is an amazing ministry full of people who are dedicated to the often overlooked children in Oklahoma's inner city. I would recommend Novo to anyone looking to form relationships and make a lasting difference in the life of a child. It won't be time wasted.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They do a great job and is an wonderful example of spreading Jesus's love, His Gospel and His grace to our inner city. From their leadership to their volunteers, the Gospel of Jesus and His teachings are lived out and being taught to little ones who desperately need it.

This group really does care about this city.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I like that my money is going to an organization devoted to doing the hard work of steering young kids in a direction that will change their life.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I love that Novo goes where others are willing in order to meet needs in the community!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

All things are done with excellence and hard work. The workers and volunteers are held to a high standard, and they work really hard to serve inner city kids and their families. The training is thorough, and the workers try to hard to reach places other people don't want to go so that no one is left behind.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was first drawn to NOVO Ministries because of their organization, training, and love for children. As a volunteer, it is so nice to show up at the site location, and have all the supplies we need to teach a small group, large group, and have snacks! Week after week, crafts, are precut, and organized, with a picture to copy, all tucked in a plastic tub ready to enhance the bible story of the day. NOVO "spoils" their volunteers! The Best part of NOVO are the hugs from children who may only receive hugs once a week from their NOVO Bible Club teacher. Partnering with NOVO to share God's love to children is a blessing to me!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

This nonprofit goes above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of the ones they serve. All areas of the organization operate with excellence, integrity, and a love for the community and others!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I became familiar with Novo when my daughter started working there. I am amazed at the hearts Of God that the employees have & the love they have for all the kids. I may not leave close enough to volunteer but I pray my donations further His kingdoms work.

3 Kathy O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Novo holds a special place in our hearts. My daughter started as a bible club gal. The volunteers invested so much in her (phone calls, letters, visiting her in the hospital, attending her bday party) showing her the love of Christ. She now has been a volunteer giving back for 4 yearA!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter, Abbie, has been a student that has been touched by NOVO Ministries. They hold a Bible Club on a weekly basis at her elementary school, Tulakes. The teachers of Bible Club have really helped her learn more about God, how to be a good friend/person. They show her weekly what it means to serve God unselfishly. Bible Club also had an overnight camp 2 summers ago, that she attended. This was the first time she had been away from home more than a night. I was so nervous. She got off the bus after a full week away, and was so estatic about the fun she had. They had a free camp, with lots of fun... all based on God. What more could a parent ask for!

Another great joy about Bible Club is that our church's children's minister, APril Swang, has joined the "staff". This gives Abbie a great connection between all the important areas of her life. Ms. April comes every week and helps spread the love of God to these students at Tulakes, most who live in severe poverty. It is people like her, and many many others, that make a difference in the lives of children every week!!

The time and dedication these teachers show the students is unmatched! They see them weekly, send notes to them sometimes, call them on the phone periodically.. it's a great great thing!! I could not have picked a better "club" for my daughter to join!!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NOVO has such a heart for these kids and families who are so vulnerable. It's such a privilege to be a part of this organization, and part of these kids' lives.

2 Libby Randall H.

Donor

Rating: 5

Novo truly loves children. From the top down you can see and hear the passion and joy that the leaders and other volunteers have for this ministry, the children and our community. We are so blessed to have this organization and the people involved with it to minister to so many children in our metro area that might be forgotten or ignored.

2 Shea G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Such an amazing resource and ministry partner! Whiz Kids OK is so thankful for your support!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This non profit truly has a heart for kids. They care deeply about their future and work hard to provide positive role models. The kids really enjoy Bible club and look forward to coming every week. We enjoy seeing them each week.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Novo is an amazing ministry that truly meets the needs of children in OKlahoma City. I love seeing the enthusiasm on the kids faces as they're walking into Bible Club each week. Novo is transforming kids lives.

2 gtaylor16

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my second year to work as a Novo volunteer. At first, I volunteered to help the kids in the program. It's different now. I get so much from hanging around these kids. They alway have me laughing, or sometimes crying.

I've learned more from the kids than I ever thought I could. None of this would be possible with ought the opportunity to be around these kids through Novo.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've have had the honor to partner with novo ministries both financially and serving. What impresses me the most is how organized and prepared they are. This really helps out the volunteers as well as maximizing the time to share the love of Jesus with the kids. The bible is the foundation of their teaching and they share the gospel in a way that all ages can understand. Novo Ministry leaders and volunteers serve God with humility and grace. They glorify God, by interacting with the children with love. Their greatest joy is seeing God's work at hand when children make the decision to put their trust in God and follow him. God definitely uses novo ministries to advance the gospel, build His kingdom, and bring glory to his name -David Satre

1 Olivia23

Donor

Rating: 5

Novo Ministries is one of the best non-profits I've worked with. Of the organizations we give to monthly, this is the only one that gives regular updates that includes CURRENT information and thanks you for what you ARE giving. We've received mailings, phone calls, emails...not asking for more money or sending the same pictures over and over, just saying thank you for what we're doing now. Because of their mission, methods, and how they treat their donors, this is the FIRST organization I think of when I have extra to give and the place I encourage others to give to.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that truly cares about the children in our community.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I was able to volunteer for Novo about 5 years ago. I helped with a Bible club in west OKC. The training I received by the staff at Novo helped me feel confident to share the gospel with kids in a way that was thorough but also easy to understand. I am thankful for the experience I have had with Novo.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Novo ministries is making a difference in the lives of inner city children and families! I volunteer at one of their bible clubs located in a section 8 apartment complex, which meets one night every week. The curriculum is easy to follow and the children have fun while learning foundational truths from the Bible. A mentoring relationship is built between leaders and children, giving them someone to talk to in a safe loving environment. The Novo employees are extremely helpful and obviously care about these children and love the Lord! I would highly recommend getting involved with this organization!

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Donor

Rating: 5

About five years ago a church I was attending had a presentation regarding NOVO ministries. I was impressed with the concept of after school activities made available to children that might otherwise find themselves involved in activities that may prove harmful to themselves or others around them. The bonus was that these after school activities offered would present the Gospel! I personally knew some of the volunteers and they would share stories of children running with excitement to participate in the activities provided to them. Stories were told of how the children made a positive impact in the volunteers' lives as well. When approached with an invitation to partner with NOVO ministries by giving a donation, I gladly accepted. I have been made aware of children being turned away as a result of a lack of funding to open more activity sites, or a lack of volunteers. My prayer is that the Lord our God will touch the hearts of all those he will to respond to the call to aid NOVO ministries in presenting the Gospel to all who desire to come to the activities they make available.

Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderful charity that gives inner city children a place to learn about their faith while in a safe and encouraging setting.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Novo Ministries is making a phenomenal mark on our city! OKC will never be the same!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The people ar Novo have a great heart for God and children. The love they show is changing lives.

Donor

Rating: 5

I became a monthly donor for Novo Ministries after a personal visit to their main office. Their helpful staff is passionate about their cause. They're dedicated to the mission of loving urban kids and equipping them with the tools they need for a thriving life. Their Bible clubs provide an opportunity for students to learn, socialize, and ask faith questions in a safe environment. If you're interested in learning more, don't hesitate to contact them. Their staff and their volunteers are very personable.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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:)

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Jennifer284

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Gregg H.

Volunteer

Rating: 4


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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Novo has given these kids something to look forward to each week. It is so wonderful to see how these kids just light up and get so excited when we arrive on Thursdays for bible club. I went through training just to see what it was like, both my daughter and son were volunteering. After going through the training I volunteered at the Forrest Creek location only because they were short handed, I believed it would just be temporary, until other volunteers were available. This was going on 3 years ago. My group is 9-12 year old boys and there are a few of them that have been with me the entire time. I'm amazed at the impact these kids have had on my life.

Sherry33

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Novo Ministries is a wonderful non-profit ministry which helps kids to learn about the bible, and have a great time in a good, safe environment. They are reaching the children who are really needing to be reached out to in the communities, the more vulnerable ones. The staff truly do care and there is a lot of time and preparation(and love) put into each lesson. I am happy to be a part of the hands and feet of Jesus with Novo Ministries!

1 Kristn P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Novo Bible Clubs has reached deep into my heart these last 4 years. We have developed relationships with numerous children and their mothers. We have seen them grow and mature and show great eagerness to hear God's Truth weekly. They hear that God loves them and has good plans for them. I will tell of one young lady who was a part of an overnight stay at my house with activities such as Zumba, crafts and swimming at my girlfriend's home, a library visit, a trip to Marble Slab and Taco Bueno, and several meals at my house prepared by the kids themselves: grilling, setting the table and doing dishes! This young lady was so tired she fell asleep before dinner. She had waited up for her mom to come home from her boyfriend's home until 4:15am! She graduated from Bible Club and I saw her recently. With being left at home so much while her mom pursues relationships with other men, I was very concerned about her. She is doing great! She is studying to be a chef at Francis Tuttle. She is involved at church and making good decisions! I believe this is in part to NOVO! We were there for her for years. She learned to trust and obey God, that He is Holy and desires for us to be holy as well.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Novo Ministries is a group that comes in weekly and volunteers to work with my inner city students. They take their time to build relationships with my students, while sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in a fun way. They have such a powerful ministry that our Bible Club is on a waiting list. I appreciate their willingness to serve!

Chauncey J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Stellar organziation. Excellence in everything they do from presenting to administrative background work! The citizens of OKC are fortunate to have NOVO working to make it's city better. I will definitely be reusing their services.