Thank You For Your Service
The Mount family has lived in Royal Oak since 2013, but this summer, they will be moving to a different area to serve and a new family will be moving in.
"We have such an affection for Royal Oak and for our experience with the school system," said Catherine Mount.
Captain Peter Mount and his family were stationed in Royal Oak with the Salvation Army. Their presence in our community will be missed. They were involved not only in the area but made a significant impact in our schools.
The Salvation Army offers social services, community center programs, and Christian Congregational services to local communities all over the world. The Mounts are ordained pastors, and the structure of the Salvation Army is built on an appointment system with their clergy. So, at the discretion of their leaders, they move to different appointments to fill a need. Catherine Mount told us that while everyone knows that relocating can be stressful, they are confident that even in change, these details will work together for the good of each community effected.
The Mount family consists of two boys, Ben (12) and Jacob (8). They have only known the Royal Oak School system. Ben is a 6th grader at ROMS, and Jacob is a 3rd grader at Oak Ridge. "Ben completed all of his elementary years at Oak Ridge and connecting with the Oak Ridge community has been an incredible blessing during our stay in Royal Oak," said Catherine. "It is such a great community of families that have a unified goal of loving one another and being good citizens."
Catherine shared that while on a field trip when Ben was in second grade, his teacher asked her, “What do you do? When I asked Ben what you do for a living, he said that you ‘Help people’. That is exactly what we do," she said. "As pastors and administrators for The Salvation Army our job is to meet human needs without discrimination. We are motivated to do this by our faith, and it manifests in different services to the community. This includes help through The Salvation Army food pantry, utility assistance, toys and food for families during the Christmas season, a thriving after school program and summer day camp, an incredibly fun basketball program (SYBL), and of course spiritual care through congregational activities. We have a great staff that makes all of these wonderful ministries possible."
The family says they will miss "everything" about Royal Oak and Royal Oak Schools. "More than the quality of education (which has been excellent), we will miss the many teachers and staff who have so deeply cared for our family," said Catherine. "We will miss spending time with the friends, and the community groups that have filled our days with fun and activities; and the close knit community that always shows up when there is a need."
"Royal Oak is the best of all worlds. It’s a great community that cares for one another," Catherine said. "All at once it feels like home and comfort as well as cosmopolitan and cutting edge. It’s been a wonderful place for our family to grow, to learn, and to serve." The Mount family will be moving this summer to the Chicago area.