Hasan was a lovable son, brother, uncle, and friend to many. Due to mistakes and poor decisions he was sent to prison. Upon release he went back again and again. Finally with a new mindset to change his ways only to find out there were many barriers being an ex-felon and very few supportive services to assist him with gainful employment. Hasan ultimately resorted back to criminality which cost him his life. Hasan is deeply missed by his family and friends. Steps to Life was created in honor of his life and other young men and women who had the same ending. Steps to Life is here to stop the cycle of recidivism and death; we offer hope of a productive future through a variety of services by qualified and a caring staff.
There are more people incarcerated all over the world than at any other time in recorded history (2020). America itself has more than 25% of the world’s prisoners despite its population only being about 5% of the world’s people. Though this is a reality, the fact remains that the overwhelming majority of people that are sent to do time eventually are released and are expected to re-enter mainstream society and become productive citizens. However, entering mainstream society is not a welcoming place to come to without proper help and assistance. Ex-felons are subject to legalized discrimination in employment, housing, education, public benefits, and jury service. Through a web of laws, regulations, and informed rules, all of which are powerfully reinforced by social stigma, they are confined to the margins of mainstream society and denied access to the mainstream economy. This is where Steps to Life comes in to provide the necessary services to assist returning citizens in becoming productive members of society.
Biography of Lisa Haskins-Baggs, former COO of Steps to Life, Inc.
Lisa Haskins-Baggs was born and raised on the eastside of Detroit. She was the case manager, group facilitator and was recently promoted to Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Steps to Life, Inc. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and received two Associate degrees at Macomb Community College and was Microsoft certified. She would have obtained her MCBAP certification as a Recovery Coach in 2021.
Lisa worked as a property manager for Marion Estates, Inc. for over 20 years. She was director of youth programs for the City of Detroit. In 2012, Lisa was inducted into Gamma Beta Phi and continued to enhance her own recovery by utilizing her passionate services to Steps To Life, Inc.
Steps to Life was her focus. Helping others was her desire. Guiding individuals to utilize their own recovery capital was her calling. Empowering the Steps To Life team provided her with the privilege to be an intricate part of Detroit’s restoration.
With deepest sympathy we are forced to say “good-bye” to our friend and business partner. Words cannot express the void we all feel here at Steps to Life for our beloved former COO, Lisa Haskins-Baggs. She is irreplaceable and will be sorely missed!
Lisa came on board with Steps to Life, Inc. the moment the opportunity was presented to her because she loved to be of service to people. Lisa demonstrated perseverance and commitment toward the mission of Steps to Life and we are truly grateful to have had her on our team. Although Lisa is no longer here physically, she will always be a part of Steps to Life, Inc. as we move forward. We will keep her memory alive!!