His Hands Extended is dedicated to Empower, Train, and Instruct.
— Patricia Glover
When we first met Patricia “Pat” Glover on the 2014 Community Celebrity Cruise, we were in awe of her energy. Raised in Miami, Florida, Pat has spent her entire life in the same area and currently lives in Plantation. Constantly busy, she has six adult children and twenty-three grandchildren, and she's in charge of reminding everybody when the next birthday is coming. She is currently a self-employed bookkeeper and tax preparer for several businesses.
Pat began volunteering in 1990 and spent more than 25 years of her life performing Prison Ministry through Kairos Prison Ministry, where she conducted bible studies, counseled youth and adult prisoners, and had countless visits with individual prisoners helping guide them to a better way of life. Frustrated by years of prisoner recidivism, Pat and two other co-founders/friends decide to form a new program called Ladies Empowerment and Action Program (LEAP) assisting female prisoners to cope with incarceration, education, family and financial matters.
Pat’s heart is always open wide to the prison population. All of which led her to the latest chapter in her life, His Hands Extended (HHE), an organization that helps guide new non-profits through the process of registering to become a 501c3 and helping them navigate the seemingly endless sea of laws and regulations governing non-profits.
“HHE is dedicated to Empower, Train, and Instruct,” Pat said. “We have been working with a number of organizations as they apply for grants, organize events, workshops and seminars to showcase their groups’ goals and missions. HHE offers life skills training, basic financial training, and spiritual empowerment to the leaders of these organizations, and to the participants as well. There are so many individuals who are hurting, no matter how they appear on the outside. HHE does not judge or condemn, but is anxious to help to empower them, and our goal is for those empowered to reach out to others to do more good.”
Pat is also involved with two other non-profits that play a key part in her life. The first, PRO Initiative, is a project created in response to the Parkland School shooting February 14, 2018.
“PRO Initiative’s goals are to support and assist students by instilling critical thinking, problem solving and effective communication skills,” Pat said. “We also address socially unacceptable and illegal behavior and help to create an environment which promotes ideals of respect, responsibility, compassion, integrity and citizenship. Though the initial focus is directed to students and Staff, we know that parents, businesses and others in the community will benefit as well.”
The second, Hope City Center, is a transitional program serving men and women beginning with life skill classes presented inside prison, and continuing with post-release support including hygiene, bus cards, clothing, and references to jobs and housing.
While Pat’s hectic schedule doesn’t allow for many guilty pleasures, she does admit to being a bit of a PBS television detective mystery junkie, and she loves to spend her free time with family and friends – often nibbling a bite of Cabot Seriously Sharp cheddar.
It's difficult to imagine Pat having any spare time on her hands but she is also on the Board of Kim's Beyond Beauty, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping young people with hair styling, makeup and fashion choices, as well as providing mentoring and counseling services at no cost. Pat is also an ordained minister, counseling couples leading up to their big day. This will be the third Community Celebrity Cruise for Pat as she sailed with us in 2014, 2017 and now as a 2019 alumnus. Pat’s dear friend Teresa Ervin will be joining her on the cruise.