You’re a dad now…we can help

Belonging to the Kindred Life Teen Dad Program means you’ll have access to free services which can include life coaching, financial support and life education!

Join other teen dads one day per week during the school year from 6:00pm-8:00pm, as we grow together and work towards accomplishing our educational, emotional, and practical goals!

We are friendly, funny, easy going, and loving. Mostly we are passionate about supporting each other and being the awesome dads God created us to be!

Let us help support you to finish school, navigate family and community resources and meet some other terrific families!

Contact Us

Call or text our Teed Dad Program Director, Howard, if you would like to learn about joining us.

Phone: 847-338-8587


Main Office: Visit our Contact Page

Host Church

St. Mark Lutheran Church
1822 E. Grand Ave.
Lindenhurst, IL 60046

Map and Directions

A Word From Howard,

Our Teen Dad Program Director

Hi. We’re glad you are looking into Kindred Life. We are so proud of you for taking the courageous step to parent your child and to search for a good community to join.

Our group is seeking to learn and grow together in our parenting, our friendships, and our goals for the future. If you are interested in learning more about our Teen Dad Program, I would be glad to talk with you to answer your questions and get to know you better. I look forward to hearing from you. 

Howard Polirer

Howard Polirer

Teen Dad Program Director

Meet Howard

Howard joined Kindred Life as the Program Director for our Teen Dad Ministry after a successful career as a high school teacher, motivator, trainer and corporate spokesperson for a large privately held automotive marketing company.

After retiring from the corporate environment in 2018 he enrolled in Trinity Evangelical Divinity Seminary and received his MA in Educational Ministry with a focus on Intergenerational Ministry. He believes that we must not only teach our younger generations about our Lord Jesus Christ, but that we older Christians can learn so much from the younger generation also; “We will not hide from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might and the wonders he has done.” Psalm 78:4.

Howard mentors a group of young men at The Chapel in Libertyville where he and his wife Meredith attend. He also works with the leadership at River Ridge Church in Spring Grove Illinois, organizing their mentoring program. Howard has two 20-something daughters, Mandi and Molly and a son Fred, who with his wife Jen has blessed them with twin 5 year old grandsons, Jacob and Jackson who live in New York.

Howard enjoys the outdoors, especially the beach, gardening, golf and in general enjoys all the glories of God’s creation. He is a real foodie and thought he might become a professional chef at one point in his life but now just enjoys cooking for friends and family. He and Meredith live in Lindenhurst, Illinois.

Find out what is new with Kindred Life and what events are coming up:

News and Events


See what our Dads Program needs are this month and help us pray:

Prayer, Praise and Needs

Volunteer Spotlight

This year’s Program Volunteer of the Year is Anne McArtney. Anne began volunteering with us three years ago as a one on one teen mentor; first to Justine and now Anne. She  jumped into mentoring with with her whole heart and has richly blessed us all! She went above and beyond for the young parents, having them over for lunch, introducing them to her family and regularly checking in. She has also has opened her home to the entire Antioch program and has hosted amazing tea parties.

She courageously and graciously shares the truth and grace of Jesus with each teen parent. This past month Anne and Alyssa  have begun attending an Alpha Bible study together.

When I think of Anne McArtney, I can’t help but remember something she said that first year after a difficult Life Education Group meeting. “Sometimes people are rough on the outside, maybe they don’t look like our preconceived ideas of what should be. But aren’t we all a glorious mess in need of a Savior? Isn’t loving them where they are at and speaking the truth what Jesus would do?”

Thank you Anne  for all you do for these young families and also for doing what Jesus would do!

Teen Parent Spotlight

Other Ways to Get Involved

Call for Volunteers

Kindred Life Ministries is always in need of volunteers. Do you feel called to serve teen parents and their children? We would love to hear from you.


If you love to run, beginner to advanced levels, join TEAM THRIVE to raise awareness and financial support for teen mothers and children.

Make a General Donation

Your donations provide mentoring, education, food and other valuable resources for our young parents and thier families. All assistance is greatly appreciated.