Monday, April 5, 2021

Up Your Financial IQ, Virtually!

Money Smart Week is a week-long initiative from April 10-17 that aims to help people, especially those hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, better manage their personal finances through the coordinated efforts of experts and educators across the country.

Enjoy short, free, streaming events each day during Money Smart Week by visiting

This year’s line-up includes:


Saturday, April 10 @ 10:00 a.m. CST |
Talking Cents (The University of Chicago Financial Education Initiative)

Sunday, April 11 @ 10:00 a.m. CST |
Saving (FINRA Investor Education Foundation)

Monday, April 12 @ 12:00 p.m. CST |
Basic Banking (The Economic Awareness Council)

Tuesday, April 13 @ 12:30 p.m. CST |
Student Loans (U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid)

Wednesday, April 14 @ 1:00 p.m. CST |
Fraud Protection (Internal Revenue Service)

Thursday, April 15 @ 1:00 p.m. CST |
Personal Finance (Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center)

Friday, April 16 @ 12:00 p.m. CST |
Housing Protections + Resources (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)

Saturday, April 17 @ 10:30 a.m. CST |
Budgeting (University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension)

Monday, March 29, 2021

April is National Poetry Month

 To celebrate, NIRMV Founder and President Darlene House reads "An Hymn to the Evening," a poem by Phyllis Wheatley.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Meet Our Inaugural A-YES! Honoree

Patrice Cornelious, A-YES! honoree
Congrats to Patrice Cornelious, A-YES! NIRMV Director David L. House, Jr. Memorial Tribute Project Inaugural Honoree. Amid-Year Empowering Service! (A-YES!) commemorates an older brother's tradition of showing extra-support for NIRMV Founder/President Darlene House during her birthday season. A-YES! was launched with unsolicited tribute donations for NIRMV after David's death. It aims to provide positive support for young adults who often receive negative responses or encounter challenges. Read about Patrice's achievements on

NIRMV Director David L. House, Jr., who passed away last year.


Remembering Roy Burgess, Mystery Artist

Roy Burgess, mystery artist, with NIRMV originator Darlene House.

NIRMV is sad to acknowledge the death of our Mystery Artist. Roy Burgess, a retired engineer extraordinaire, generously shared his drawing talents. He humbly created requested art saluting inspirational musicians and allowed its distribution at public events plus posting on #RIP

Monday, February 22, 2021

Saluting our 2020 Partner of the Year's continued community service

NIRMV salutes its 2020 Partner of the Year, Prince Hall Grand Youth Fraternity Jurisdiction of Michigan! Deemettes No. 54 joined Crescent Moon No. 27 to continue their outstanding community service by delivering 4,312 bottles of water to Flint.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Nominate a senior for Expressions of Love and Caring: Deadline Fri., Feb. 26, 2021

Nominate a senior for expressions of love and caring.

Help us show extra-special seniors that they are still loved and cared for even during unpredictable times. National Inspirational Role Models Visionaries (NIRMV) would like to surprise your nominee with a token of esteem. They will receive an inspirational message, suitable for framing, revealing the person who nominated them. The first 12 nominees will also get an exclusive craft item. Hurry! Deadline for nominations is Friday, February 26, 2021.


  • An individual can nominate one senior living anywhere in the United States.
  • Submit nominator’s name, telephone number with area code, plus nominee’s name and postal mailing address via email to by Friday, February 26, 2021.

Friday, February 12, 2021

Celebrating Black History Month: Dr. Austin Wingate Curtis

NIRMV supporter Mary Jones shares her story of  Dr. Austin W. Curtis, assistant to the renowned Dr. George Washington Carver:

Dr. Curtis learned many things from Dr. Carver, including how to formulate hair, health and beauty products using peanut oil. He made great contributions to the beauty care industry from 1944-2003. He founded A.W. Curtis Laboratory at 46 Selden, Detroit, Michigan in 1944. He was one of the original organizers of the AHBAI, a group dedicated to developing black hair care products,  

Some of you may remember the Curtis line of products such as Sage and Sulphur, Roll and Set Cream, Soft and Silky, S and H Treatment, Curling Wax (green and red) Dandruff Treatment, Shampoo and Condtioners all formulated for his curly hair clients.  Let us not forget Curtis Rubbing Oil formulated for many things including pain from arthritis.

"It is with great gratitude that I thank God for allowing me the opportunity to work side by side with this great chemist and become President of A.W. Laboratory until he retired in 2000," said Jones. "We also co-hosted a weekly radio show on 1440 AM (Martha Jean the Queen radio station) called the A W Curtis Show. I had the opportunity to travel around the United States and Canada with him educating cosmetologists on the Curtis Line of Products for 17 years.


Mary Jones and Dr. Curtis at the celebration of his retirement given at The House of. Beauty Hair Mall in 2000. Dr. Curtis left Detroit in 2000 and moved to California with his daughter, residing there until his death in 2003.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Join NIRMV for Literary Journeys with History: First Focus, Black History

“We must never forget that Black History is American History. The achievements of African-Americans have contributed to our nation’s greatness.”--Yvette Clarke

This is your official invitation to take a brief or extended literary getaway with Black History books. You do not need a passport to join in the reading fun. Revisit classics or become enlightened by recent titles. Send email to with “First Literary Journey” on the subject line including your name, book title(s), author(s) and brief review comments or share requested information with NIRMV team member. You may be chosen to win a Black History collectible. Remember the requested response deadline is Monday, March 1, 2021.

Download the flyer to print and share (PDF)

This opportunity is sponsored by NIRMV 1-2-3 Book Club. Only adults (ages 18+) are eligible to participate in Literary Journeys with History. Visit for kids Black History focus called The Ingenious Inventors Zone.