Mrs. Kathleen Hambly Hanstein has taken the reigns for Opa's American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) case file for now (is Charlotte gone from us forever?! I love Charlotte!). She's doing fine though. She responds to this letter from Elizabeth Mohler at McPherson and tells her she is looking into an answer. And she gets right to it.
Hanstein writes two additional letters: one to the college president, and one to Opa. It's a smart move on her part. She wants to know from the President how the students is doing and what his options are, and she wants to know from Opa how he's feeling and what his desires are. It's cool to think about the President of the college having a real connection with the students and a handle on the available resources for him. I went to a fairly large school and this idea of the President knowing who I am and whether I have job possibilities in the summer is pretty amazing to me.
I think I've said this before, but it bears repeating- there is definitely a feeling of "it takes a village" in this setting for Opa. The AFSC has done more than just get him to America, they continue to follow him and make sure he is settled, content, and getting his needs met. The college is committed to Opa's well-being too. They want to make sure he is able to remain in the USA and do what he came for- whether that be a transfer or staying at McPherson.
Hanstein tells Opa she wishes they could discuss his needs and desires in person, but that he should not hesitate to write in a letter all that he thinks and any questions he has. This just shows the level of care and concern the staff has for these refugees. She hasn't even been connected to his case file yet, but you can tell she knows who he is and has been following his case. After all- he is the success story the whole office has rejoiced in.
Side note- I love how no one believed or assumed he would only be in the United States for the one year of studying abroad. That was sort of how the paperwork was worded when he applied for the student visa- but no one actually meant it. It is assumed he will stay as long as he can and needs to.
So I'm curious what the responses will be. Will the President encourage Opa to stay and offer his support? Will Opa want to stay or feel ready to transfer to a school with an engineering program? What will he do for the summer? And will anyone think it's weird to be talking about the summer and following fall in the cold month of February?