BNB Provides Grant To The Simple Room

Bradford National Bank, in partnership with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, presented a $5,000 Covid-19 Relief grant to The Simple Room in Greenville. Bradford National Bank President Mike Ennen, left, and Senior Vice President Rich Knebel, right, made the presentation to The Simple Room Community Relations Director Blake Gocey.

Bradford National Bank, with locations in Greenville, Highland, and Marine, has once again partnered with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago (FHLBC) with their Covid-19 grant program to assist not-for-profit organizations. This time around, the bank was able to grant three $5,000 grants to organizations that serve the under-served in our community. The first two $5,000 grants were awarded to the Highland Community Foundation and Eden’s Glory.

This week, Bradford National Bank has announced The Simple Room Youth Development Center will receive a grant.

The FHLBC grant program is being managed locally by Kelsey Kendall. She said, “The Simple Room has a rich history of providing services to the youth of Greenville. We have supported their mission over the years and are pleased to further our support of the organization with a significant contribution.”

Founded in 1983 as a class project at Greenville University, The Simple Room believes their students can be overlooked, over-labeled, left behind, and left out. They believe all kids have great potential, but struggle to succeed because they lack access to resources, opportunities, and support.

The mission and vision of The Simple Room is straightforward – to empower youth to be disciples of Jesus Christ through holistic development and to see students continue to learn, lead, and love in their community.

Bradford National Bank President Michael Ennen said, “We have been a long-time supporter of The Simple Room. We encourage their mission and applaud their 37-year commitment to the youth of our community.” He added, “Bradford National Bank is pleased to provide this additional funding to the organization utilizing our partnership with the FHLBC.”

Blake Gocey, The Simple Room’s community relations director, said, “The executive team at The Simple Room is grateful to have the continued support of Bradford National Bank as we have been the recipient of their generosity time and time again. This $5,000 grant provided to us will ultimately help us to develop youth as disciples as we live life with them.” He concluded, “It is apparent to us that Bradford National Bank cares deeply for making this community the best that it can be and continues to do so constantly.”

The Simple Room is a not for profit organization and funded entirely by donations. Those interested in supporting The Simple Room can mail their donations to P.O. Box 613, Greenville, IL 62246 or can donate directly on their website at

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