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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

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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!

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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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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.

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.

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!

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!