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

Email: Gurnee@KindredLife.org

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 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.

I’d love to meet with to learn more about you and your hopes, dreams and goals for you and your family.
Please contact me by calling or texting 224-280-8285.
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

Counselor

Kindred Life Ministries – Gurnee
Meet Kaisa

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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

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, stLead Pastor David Gieseaff 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!

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

Tee Off for Kindred Life Golf Registration

Tee Off for Kindred Life Golf Registration

We are so glad you have chosen to golf with us this year and support Kindred Life Ministries.  Your participation will help finance programs that assist teen moms and teen dads navigate parenthood as they grow, mature and raise their children.  Your participation...

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Summer Socials and Happenings at Kindred Life

Summer Socials and Happenings at Kindred Life

This summer all three of our Kindred Life offices have continued to hold summer socials and stay connected to our clients. Many of these socials have been virtual. Staff, volunteers, and clients have joined online to sing happy birthday to a birthday child, share...

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Dads, Men of Influence

Dads, Men of Influence

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...

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Host a Virtual Sip Cup Drive

Host a Virtual Sip Cup Drive

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...

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Mother’s Day Tea 2020

Mother’s Day Tea 2020

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...

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He is the Vine

He is the Vine

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...

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The Lifeline in the Storm

The Lifeline in the Storm

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...

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Diaper Delivery – with a Gift Card Bonus!

Diaper Delivery – with a Gift Card Bonus!

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...

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Volunteers Make Life Sweeter!

Volunteers Make Life Sweeter!

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...

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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.

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.

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.