Kindred Life Gurnee is a safe place where teen parents feel empowered through opportunities to develop as individuals and parents in a friendly and supportive environment. Our compassionate staff and dedicated volunteers come alongside young families as they create and accomplish their personal goals towards independence and self-sufficiency.

Enrolling in Kindred Life Gurnee means you’ll have access to free services which can include counseling, financial support, and life education!

Join other teen parents and their children each Thursday during the school year from 6:00pm-8:00pm if you’re seeking a fun place to belong.

Contact Us

Call or text us, if you would like to learn about joining us.

Phone: 224-280-8285


Main Office: Visit our Contact Page

Host Church

Village Church of Gurnee
1319 N. Hunt Club Road
Gurnee, IL  60031

Map and Directions

Our Gurnee Area Ministry serves the following communities:

  • Gurnee
  • Waukegan
  • Park City
  • Grayslake
  • Gages Lake
  • Wildwood
  • Third Lake
  • Old Mill Creek
  • Zion
  • North Chicago
  • and surrounding areas

A Word From Our Area Site Director

We seeking the Lord’s guidance of the next Gurnee Area site Director. Our staff looks to work with these teen moms and their families! What a terrific year we have ahead of us!

If you are a young mother who may have questions or you are someone looking to serve a teen mother as a volunteer, please feel free to contact us at 224-280-8286 or email at

Eliza LaBelle

Eliza LaBelle

Gurnee Area Site Director

Kindred Life Ministries – Gurnee
Meet Eliza

Eliza LaBelle joined the Kindred Life team in 2019. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Her home church is The Chapel Libertyville, where she served on staff for 11 years. Her ministry there included leading teams in Chapel Kids, serving as Executive Assistant to the Campus Pastor and Director of Campus Communication and Integration. Eliza is passionate about walking with and equipping young moms.  She believes that every story matters and loves to help people connect their story with the redeeming work of God in their lives. 

Eliza and her husband have three teenage children. She loves spending time with her family and enjoys traveling, 
 biking, reading and a good cup of coffee.

Kaisa Freeman

Kaisa Freeman


Kindred Life Ministries – Gurnee
Meet Kaisa


Volunteer Spotlight  

Julie Betori began volunteering as a teen parent mentor almost 10 years ago!  She has dedicated herself to coming every Thursday evening after working a full day to sit alongside a young mother.  Why such dedication? Julie knows that she exists only because of the grace she has received from God, who gave her amazing talents and a huge heart. Our Gurnee program has been blessed that Julie arrived at our doorstep in which to share her generous spirit. 

Julie’s advice and support is straight-forward, practical, and never judgmental. A large portion of Michelle’s (current teen mom) success and longevity in this program is a testament to Julie’s dedication and compassion. Her example is steadfast and true. We thank you Julie!

Host Church Spotlight

Village Church of Gurnee

The Gurnee Program at Kindred Life wants to take a moment and acknowledge to thank our host church.

Village Church has been incredibly supportive and available to Kindred Life for many years.   The staff, especially Barb Briggs and custodian Josh,  are more than helpful and always have a friendly, loving attitude.  They open their doors for us so we can provide a place to meet for Life Education Groups, offer a clean and lovely place for childcare, provide rooms for meetings and special occasions.

Every week our dynamic pastor, Todd Habeggar, fills the auditorium with God’s powerful message.  The philosophy under which Kindred Life is based on is exemplified in the spirit of this evangelical church and its members.

To learn more about Village Church of Gurnee, visit their website.

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

News and Events

See what our Gurnee program parents need this month and help us pray:

Prayer, Praise and Needs


Teen Parent Spotlight

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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.