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Needs and Deeds: Oklahoma City's Novo Ministries

Novo Ministries in Oklahoma City aims to provide mentoring programs for inner-city kids.
By Nancy Martinez, For The Oklahoman Published: June 23, 2014

Valerie Sherrer believes inner-city girls and boys need more attention.

As operational director for Novo Ministries, she helps the organization’s efforts to provide mentoring programs for inner-city kids in Oklahoma City.

“We’ve taken care of the physical part of our city. Now, let’s take care of the soul of our city, the people,” she said.

Novo is a faith-based ministry that began in 2005 with a goal of connecting individuals and members of churches and organizations to reach out to the children in the city.

Its primary program is mentoring. The process starts with teaching volunteers and staff who invest their time in the children and have strong relationships with them so they can learn positive values.

Mentoring takes place in elementary schools and in low-rent housing projects throughout the area.

“There are over 20 church partners and over 250 volunteers who have been working with the kids,” Sherrer said. “There are also 17 program sites, 40 churches and other organizational partners involved in helping.”

Referrals to local agencies are given to families in need of help with food, clothing and other financial assistance. In some cases, families will be helped anonymously.

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More about Novo Ministries

Novo is not an acronym, but it’s Latin for “change” or “make new.”

Donations can be made directly to Novo online at or mailed to Novo ministries at P.O. Box 672, Oklahoma City, OK 73101.

For more information, call 209-9765.

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