The Fabulous Baker Boys

Sometimes you have to take a leap of faith and start all over if you want things to get better. That’s just what Michael Baker did this past July. The 39-year-old lifelong Floridian and single parent sold his few possessions, left his many friends and extended family, gathered his two sons and took the train to Santa Fe, arriving with just the clothes on their backs.

But before leaving he had done his research, made a few calls and decided that New Mexico and Casa Familia was the best place for them to start anew. When they showed up, they were welcomed with open arms.

“From the moment we knocked on the door, we have had nothing but love, generosity, encouragement and assistance,” Mike says. “Besides a place to stay, they provided us with clothes, gave me all the leads I needed and pointed me in the right direction. Now I have a job, an apartment, some furnishings and my kids are enrolled in a great school. I can’t say enough about the place and the staff.”

Mike grew up with eight sisters in a “crazy” home environment. His mother died when he was 14, and his father was always busy running his barbecue business. Mike became a certified welder, got married, ran a lawn service and then inherited the barbecue business when his father died. His first son, Tyler, was born 10 years ago with severe disabilities. Jordan, 8, came two years la