Kindred Life’s Lake County Teen Mom Program is a safe place where teen moms 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 the Kindred Life’s Lake County Teen Mom Program means you’ll have access to free services which can include counseling, financial support, and life education!

Join other teen moms 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

A Word From Melissa, Our Lake County Teen Mom Program 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 847-338-8587.

Melissa Hall

Melissa Hall

Lake County Teen Mom Program Director

Kindred Life Ministries – Lake County Teen Mom Program

Meet Melissa

Melissa specializes in implementing purpose driven programs, seamlessly bringing multiple generations plus resources together, and fundraising. 

Melissa’s journey in the non-profit sector began in the summer of 1999.  Where she began knocking on doors in both affluent and impoverished communities.  In order to raise awareness of services, obtain resources, recruit clients and volunteers.  In 2002 she began creating life enrichment programs and activities for the youth. She also served nearly 10 years on boards/stakeholder panels that distributed available funds to nonprofit organizations after reviewing their grant applications.

Melissa is the mother of three girls, adult twins and a preteen.  Is the grandmother of 3 girls.  Attends Trinity Christian Center in Zion Illinois where she resides. She loves planning group trips, swimming, gardening, and spending time with family and friends. 
Kaisa Freeman

Kaisa Freeman

Associate Counselor

Kindred Life Ministries – Lake County Teen Mom Program

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

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

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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Incredible Cards for Kindred Response

Incredible Cards for Kindred Response

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...

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#GivingTuesday 2018

#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...

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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.