byon September 30, 2010
Oklahoma City – November 2010 marks the five-year anniversary of Novo Ministries’ incorporation. Novo Ministries’ weekly after-school programming is currently reaching over 1500 under-served, under-resourced elementary-age children in the greater Oklahoma City area at fifteen different locations. Over 175 volunteers spend two-and-half hours per week at these sites, mentoring, teaching, and building relationships with the children there.
According to Gloria Williams, manager of Sooner Haven Apartments, “As an apartment manager, I am always looking for programs that promote . . . a healthy environment for our community. I have found that Novo does just that. Novo provides the kind of training and programming that I want to support.” The volunteers and organizations involved with the children in communities like Sooner Haven are making a difference that is worth promoting and celebrating.
“Novo” – a Latin word for change – has been the driving force of Novo Ministries for the past five years. Novo Ministries’ founder, Valerie Sherrer, has seen this change first-hand, not only within the organization, but also within the communities that Novo serves. Several of Novo’s current volunteers were once program participants, proving that the impact Novo Ministries and its volunteers has is lasting.
Novo Ministries provides curriculum, consultation, program facilitation, and training to its partner volunteers, churches, and organizations at no charge to them. Novo seeks to be a resource to its various partners as they reach out to their surrounding communities.
Five years later, the organization has evolved, but its mission remains the same – bringing positive change and making a positive, lasting impact on Oklahoma City.
Interested in learning how you or your organization can get involved? Give us a call at 405-343-8128.
Novo Ministries exists to reach, train, and mentor inner-city, underserved children and youth through important life- changing relationships. Novo Ministries is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that serves inner-city, at-risk portions of Oklahoma City and its surrounding communities by providing training, curriculum, consultation, and after-school program facilitation to churches, other organizations, and individuals.