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.
Village Church of Gurnee
1319 N. Hunt Club Road
Gurnee, IL 60031
- Park City
- Gages Lake
- Third Lake
- Old Mill Creek
- North Chicago
- and surrounding areas
A Word From Eliza, Our Area Site Director
Welcome home. Whatever your journey has been up to this point, we’d love to move forward with you. Our community of young parents is growing together, learning life skills and most importantly beginning to THRIVE.
On behalf of our counselor, mentors and Kindred Kids team, we are eager to get to know you and your child(ren) and support you as take steps to take hold of your future.
Gurnee Area Site Director
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.
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
We are grateful for the wonderful partnership that Kindred Life has enjoyed with Village Church of Gurnee. Each week they provide space for our Life Education Group meetings and an engaging environment for Kindred Kids childcare. Through financial support, staff and volunteer support and in prayer, Village Church of Gurnee has been incredibly supportive of our young parents. They are deeply committed to serving the needs of the Gurnee community and beyond.
Under Lead Pastor David Giese, Village Church is a place where, no matter where you are in life, you are welcome here. We invite you to explore their website, and even more so, come and visit to discover your place in the Village Church family!
Teen Parent Spotlight
David works long shifts at a local pharma recycling center to provide for his family. He has learned how to do many different jobs within the organization so that he can quickly fill the gaps as needs arise. He is a team player and is eager to learn. With his annual...
As some of you know, one of our fundraisers we do throughout the year is the Sip Cup Drive. Usually, you would take a sippy cup home, fill it with change and bills, write a note of encouragement to a client and then turn it back in. Due to the virus, we have turned...
We wanted to make Mother’s Day special for our teen moms by pampering them at a Mother’s Day tea. We couldn’t meet in person so my best hope was to find a beautiful vintage teacup for each mother to remember the special day. It turned out there was one and I came...
It is so fitting that we would end the ministry year focused on The Vine. Throughout the year, as we have learned the “I am” statements of Jesus, the prevailing theme has been that Jesus longs for us to be in the right relationship with him and he will go to great...
Thank you for making a life-changing difference for teen parents in our community! We asked and you delivered! COVID-19 created an urgent problem for Kindred Life Ministries. To close our fiscal year on budget and provide continuous services to our precious teen...
Getting creative and having fun with one teen mom! A homemade pulley system gets the job done!Like every month, teen parents received a supply of diapers thanks to our partnership with Twice as Nice Mother & Child. And in April, thanks to your generosity, our teen...
Whether you brought a dinner, rocked a baby, taught a life education night, or mentored a teen parent - you made a difference. Thank you for serving! The week of April 20th, we celebrated Ministry Partner Appreciation Week with videos to say “Thank You” from clients...
In the wake of the pandemic, our Program Directors presented an idea to support our teen parents. The teen parents we serve presently are challenged with at least one of these situations: They live in less than ideal situations. Being at home (nonstop) may not be...
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the...
If you had unlimited funds what would want for Kindred Life Ministries? I would employ a financial advisor that would be available to our teen families on a consistent, weekly basis to go in-depth into their spending, financial habits, debts and...
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.
Join TEAM THRIVE!
If you love to run, beginner to advanced levels, join TEAM THRIVE to raise awareness and financial support for teen mothers and children.