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Kinzie Builders Breaks Ground On Harbour House Emergency Youth Shelter In Des Plaines, Ill.

June 18, 2021

Shelter will serve young women, girls and transgender youth experiencing homelessness

Kinzie Builders announced today the start of construction on Harbour House, an emergency shelter in Des Plaines, Ill., that will provide temporary lodging and support services for young women (ages 12 to 20) and transgender youth experiencing homelessness. In partnership with OKW Architects, Inc., Kinzie is providing construction services at a reduced rate to The Harbour, the Park Ridge, Ill.-based not-for-profit organization that will operate the shelter.

The new 3,500-square-foot building will include housing for up to 10 residents and common spaces such as a kitchen/dining area, great room, main office, intake/therapy room, study, laundry room, storage/utility space and shared bathroom facilities. The shelter is projected to open in February 2022.

“Since Kinzie’s founding 10 years ago this summer, we made a pledge to give back to the community both in terms of financial support, as well as by donating our time and talents,” said Steve Spinell, founder and principal at Kinzie Builders. “We couldn’t think of a better way to pay forward our success than to have a hands-on role in helping The Harbour continue its mission, which over the past 50 years has helped thousands of young women experiencing homelessness create a path for their own personal success. We are beyond grateful to have this opportunity.”

Currently, The Harbor operates a shelter in proximity of the new site, but the existing facility is unsuitable for renovations. The new $1.34-million project was delayed from its original start date due to the impact of the pandemic on fundraising efforts. Kinzie Builders is among the many supporters who stepped in earlier this year to keep the project moving forward by not only offering its services at a reduced rate, but also by engaging sub-contractors to do the same, passing the additional savings on to The Harbour.

“The new Harbour House will offer so much more than our current facility, especially in terms of resident comfort and usable space,” said Jessica Wright, program director at The Harbour. “The new house will be able to accommodate more clients than the existing one, including young mothers with children and individuals with physical disabilities. We will also be able to incorporate on-site programming, something we are unable to do at the current shelter. Thanks to support from generous donors and businesses, like Kinzie Builders, Harbour House will be in a better position than ever to work with young people in crisis as they build safe and fulfilling futures for themselves.”

The Harbour is continuing to raise money for the new Harbour House and its programming to support young women experiencing homelessness. Visit to donate to the Capital Campaign.

About Kinzie Builders:
Kinzie Builders is a general contracting company that specializes in the planning, designing and building of both residential and commercial real estate developments in the Chicagoland area. Creative Strategies, Integrated Solutions, Proven Results. For more information, visit

About The Harbour:
The Harbour provides emergency shelter, transitional housing, case management, educational and employment support, and support for pregnant mothers, serving young women ages 12-20 in the north and northwest suburbs of Chicago. For more information, visit:


Kinzie Builders is beginning construction on the Harbour House, an emergency shelter for young women experiencing homelessness, and offering its services at a reduced rate as financial support for the project.


Constructing the Harbour House is just one of example of how Kinzie Builders has provided hands-on support for several community organizations in its 10-year history.