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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

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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

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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.

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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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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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:)

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I went through Novo training. I've read through their literature. I've met with a number of their directors and club leaders. I've spoken with the members of our church who work with the local Novo club. The program and persons behind it are highly committed to sharing the gospel with children. The clubs are in settings to reach many unchurched children. I've been a donor ever since I first learned about Novo 3 years ago. I intend to contue to support them.