CCI’s Reopening Plan

May 18th — Early Childhood Education Center reopens with 50% capacity

Notes on precautions: All parents will drop off their children outside the west door immediately entering the ECE room; all program elements and chairs will be at least six feet apart; staff will wear masks; more frequent cleanings will occur; and more.

June 1st – Nevada Health Centers Health Clinic reopens

All patients will be asked to wait in their cars until their appointed time. When entering the building, they will be met by an NHC employee who will screen for respiratory symptoms. The entrance for the health clinic will be the door that exits/enters the staff break room. We are waiting for confirmation that the face-to-face day is Monday.

June 8th – Summer Youth Programs

This will be a radically different program design than previously administered with students assigned to groups of ten that will remain unchanged throughout the summer (to limit possible contagion from other students). All staff will wear masks. Their entrance will be the “Main Entrance” of the Hub. To sign-up for our Summer Program Click Here:

June 8th – Nevada Families First

This, too, will be offered in a different format. Instead of working within homes, NFF workers will endeavor to meet parents in parks, backyards, and through virtual platforms to limit possible exposure to COVID-19. As well, home visitors will utilize mats and toys that they bring to ensure safety.

June 8th – Domestic Violence Advocacy

All DV Advocates will wear masks and practice social distancing when meeting with clients face-to-face. As needed, DV Advocates will continue to utilize virtual methods of working with clients.

June 15th – Counseling and Case Management (OSY, Adult, and Assistance)

All clients who agree to wear masks will be seen face-to-face by appointment only; otherwise, clients may opt to be seen virtually through telehealth; counselors to will wear masks for face-to-face appointments. Walk-ups will be directed to call the emergency counseling number to be screened and triaged. The goal is to have a counselor / case manager physically on-site at both the VC and Fernley buildings each day of the week (with the exception of Mondays in VC which will hopefully be health clinic days). When not seeing clients and/or not physically on-site, it is expected that counselors and case managers will be engaged in telehealth.

Open Digitally Through the Summer – Library

In part because the space in the library is needed by the Summer Youth programs, and in part to keep the number of people within the facility at a manageable level, the library will remain physically closed through the summer. It will continue to have all services available digitally as it does now.

Open in the Fall – COW Bus

The plan is to reopen the COW Bus to classes in the Fall. Current COW Bus staff will assist with the Summer Youth Programs in Virginia City.

Closed to the Public – Pink House

As direct services are not offered out of the Pink House – and as a way to keep administrative staff sequestered from programmatic staff to the degree possible – the Pink House will remain closed to the public for the foreseeable future.

Caveat: The above is assuming best-case scenario with no COVID-19 infections. Assuming we have a COVID-19 infection, any and all programs may close to face-to-face contact on a “rolling” basis.

JUST ANNOUNCED: Community Chest’s Weekly COVID-19 Community Resiliency Forums

All Storey County residents are invited to join Community Chest’s weekly COVID-19 Community Resiliency forums. These are NOT political forums, or places from which to receive answers regarding health questions or available resources (although we can definitely receive questions and follow-up with folks individually).
What these forums ARE for is to be a place to get and stay connected with others in the community, a place to learn what others are doing to set and maintain routines, a place to discover other ways of connecting and things to do to fill the hours in meaningful ways, a place to share both the challenges and even perhaps the benefits/gratitudes that come with social distancing/isolation, a place to meeet new people and find common ground as we feel and think together about what is still possible, a place to be able to vent (a bit) and learn/practice mindfulness strategies for helping us reduce stress and face each new day.
Our first forums will held on Monday, March 30 at two different timeframes to accommodate different schedules. The first will be from 12:30 to 1 (meeting connection link:, and the second will be from 4:30 to 5 (meeting connection link:
We look forward to “seeing” you there.
Erik Schoen and Deborah Loesch-Griffin, cofacilitators


Saturday, March 21

Dear Ones –

The good news is that we have made it through Week 1 since shutting down all of our youth programs, COW bus stops, and library. The bad news is that there remains a lot of uncertainty regarding just how long this “temporary new normal” will continue. The most optimistic projections indicate just a couple of weeks while the least are suggesting several weeks.

As indicated in last week’s COVID-19 post, Community Chest continues to offer the following programs during this very difficult time:

  • Continuation of all case management and counseling services through tele-health. We can not emphasize this enough. This is a very stressful and trying time. If you need to speak with someone and/or need assistance, please call our emergency counseling line at 775-297-1267. We will do the very best that we can to help you directly and/or refer you to the resources you may need.
  • We will have a skeleton crew available to help provide food boxes through our food pantry at our Community Center at 175 Carson Street in Virginia City. During business hours, please call our main number 775-847-9311, extension 105.
  • The healthcare clinic will remain open all day Wednesdays. In order to reduce the possibility of exposure, the Monday afternoon telehealth sessions have been cancelled until further notice.

As new developments occur, we will keep folks posted.

Thank you for your understanding.


The Entire Community Chest Team

All Community Chest Youth Programs Closed Until April 6

Sunday, March 15

Dear Ones –

Because of quickly changing developments regarding COVID-19 and the announcement of statewide school closures for the next three weeks, Community Chest is immediately doing its part to limit unnecessary social contact until April 6 in the following ways:

  • Closure of all youth programs, COW bus stops, and its library.
  • Continuation of all case management and counseling services through tele-health.

In addition,

  • The healthcare clinic will remain open as it is currently on Monday afternoons and all day Wednesdays.
  • We will have a skeleton crew available to help provide food boxes through our food pantry at our Community Center at 175 Carson Street in Virginia City. During business hours, please call our main number 775-847-9311, extension 105.
  • If someone is needing immediate assistance and/or wishes to speak with one of our counselors, call 775-297-1267.

Please know that our prayers are with each and every one of you. We know that some of the above-mentioned closures will be hard for some families. At the same time, this is an unprecedented emerging health crisis that is calling for severe measures and sacrifices. We feel these strategies will allow us to continue supporting folks as we are able in a way that doesn’t work against the larger community strategies now being implemented for COVID-19.

As new developments occur, we will keep folks posted.

Thank you for your understanding.


The Entire Community Chest Team

ON SALE NOW: Birds of Chicago Visit Piper’s Opera House for CCI’s 7th Annual “Night to Imagine”



It is with great excitement that CCI is pleased to announce that the Birds of Chicago — an Americana band “riding a well of good mojo” — will be the featured performers at its 7th Annual “A Night to Imagine” benefit show.

As with previous shows, this promises to be another magical, intimate evening of music, friends, and good times in old Virginia City’s historic Piper’s Opera House. Attendees will have time to peruse the artist merchandise, bid on the silent auction items, donate $20+ for a mystery bottle of wine, find their seats, sip and anticipate. Pro tip: It is highly advised that attendees bring extra cash. 🙂

As this is expected to be one of the few, if not the only, Northern Nevada appearance by the Birds of Chicago, we suggest buying your tickets early as we expect a sell-out.

Friday, May 29th, 2020
Piper’s Opera House, Virginia City
Doors 7:30; Show 8pm

Eventbrite - ROSANNE CASH with John Leventhal - She Remembers Everything


Birds of Chicago have been riding a swell of good mojo in the Americana scene since their inception in late 2012. With their new album, Love in Wartime, they are set to both confirm that roots world buzz, and break on through to a much wider audience.

Recorded in Chicago against a backdrop of bewilderment, deep divide and dread, Love in Wartime is a rock and roll suite with a cinematic sweep. Co-produced with Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), it evokes epic efforts of the 60’s and 70’s, with love as the undeniable through-line.

Built around the chemistry and fire between Allison Russell and JT Nero, and their rock-steady band, BOC tours hard. Russell and Nero played with different bands in the mid-aughts (Po’ Girl and JT and the Clouds) before finding their way to each other. Nero, who writes the bulk of the songs, found himself a transcendent vocal muse in Russell (a powerful writer herself) and the band honed its chops on the road, playing 200 shows a year between 2013-17. All that shaping and sharpening, over so many miles, led them back to Chicago’s Electrical Audio in January of 2017, to begin recording Love in Wartime. “Any act of love is an act of bravery,” says Russell.. We want to give people some good news. And we want them to be able to dance when they hear it.”

Their most recent releases include 2016’s Joe Henry-produced Real Midnight and 2017’s EP American Flowers, BOC’s debut from the label Signature Sounds Recordings. Critics have searched for the right words to describe Real Midnight’s deep lyricism, gut-punch singing and musicality…. “Secular gospel” was one phrase that caught some traction. That fervor is evident in Love and Wartime as well:

“Roll Away the heavy stone/roll away the heavy hours/roll on in the summer moon/who’s alive who’s alive who’s alive?”

The invitation is joyous, but urgent. There’s another phrase that they used to describe poetry intoned over roots music mash-ups: Rock n Roll. The Birds consider themselves a rock and roll band first and foremost, and Love in Wartime doesn’t leave any doubt about that.

Birds’ shows attract a mix of indy rockers, jam-kids and Americana/roots lovers, mixing moments of hushed attention with wild, rock and soul abandon. Says Nero, “a good show can send you back out into the night feeling — for at least a little while – that everything isn’t broken.”

These days, that’s no small thing.



This show has been graciously sponsored by Charles Schwab Bank, and supported by Evangeline Presents and Red Dog Saloon.

We thank them all for their generosity and support.


Want to join on as a sponsor? Reach out to Erik Schoen, CCI’s Executive Director, at (775) 847-9311, x102 to discuss the possibilities. Or, email him at

All other questions? Again, each out to Erik. Please note that all tickets sales are nonrefundable and final.