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Novo Ministries Inc

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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, hopelessness, and purposelessness through the creation and cultivation of life-changing mentoring relationships with inner-city boys and girls.

Results: This past year we reached over 4,000 children in our programs and the programs of our partners! We have established partnerships with more than 50 local churches and organizations. We have 375 volunteers that either give time at our office to prepare supplies or are involved in Novo programs in the lives of boys and girls. Last year we developed 36 lessons of curriculum and surpassed 11,000 downloads of curriculum and resources - all for free! Our HOPEBuilder (monthly donor) program grew to over 100 individuals who give on a monthly recurring basis and therefore every donation they give is matched!

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

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 700 children in Novo programs and over 3,300 children in partner programs.

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.

Community Stories

77 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Donor

Rating: 5

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

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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!

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.

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.

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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.

1

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.

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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!

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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!

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.

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!!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Clayton M.

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.

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