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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 3,900 children in our programs and the programs of our partners! We have established partnerships with more than 60 local churches and organizations. We have 388 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 45 lessons of curriculum and surpassed 12,000 downloads of curriculum and resources - all for free! Our monthly donor program grew to over 120 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: 3,900 children!

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

84 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 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.

1 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.

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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.

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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.

1 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.

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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!!!!

2 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!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

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

2

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!

1 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.

1

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.

2

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.

2

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.

2

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!

2

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!

1

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.

1 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!!

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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.