Toni and Nick Baier open their home to people experiencing homelessness. And they do this with four little kids in tow!
When I first met my friend Toni Baier, she mentioned the “guest” in her home. I assumed she had a relative staying with her, but after I asked her about it, I found out it was something else entirely. And I was absolutely blown away.
Toni and her husband, Nick Baier, do something really extraordinary. They have opened up their home as a Catholic Worker House, called Sacred Tent, where they offer a place to live and a loving family environment for people experiencing homelessness to get back on their feet. And they do this with four (almost five) little children in tow!
Naturally, I had lots of questions for them. And I had the chance to ask Toni about her ministry with Catholic Worker, how she got started, and what it’s like to house a person fighting homelessness. Here’s what she shared with me.
Please tell me a little about you and your husband and your backgrounds related to your ministry with Sacred Tent.
My husband and I started hosting those that are in between housing about 4 years ago. We have helped 12 people successfully get out of homelessness since then.
My husband works a normal Monday through Friday, 40-hour-a-week job, and I quit nursing to pursue this ministry and stay home with our 4, almost 5, little ones.