What my work with the homeless taught me about management

Written by Mark Rowland Tuesday 07 June 2022
Sammuel Yisrael CMgr MCMI channelled his own experiences with homelessness into the award-winning Sol Haven project. He shares the management lessons he’s learned
Young woman giving money to homeless man sitting in city

Harvey Lane is a relatively nondescript suburban street in Moulton, Northamptonshire. But if you approach it in the right direction, you may spot a mud hut.

Sol Haven Community Farm has created a sustainable permaculture in this little corner of the country, but the farm itself has a greater community purpose. It offers homeless and vulnerable people a chance to learn new skills and undertake nature-based treatment for their mental health issues, offering nature, drumming and craft therapy, cooking classes and meditation sessions.

During the pandemic, it proved a lifeline for many people left isolated in an extraordinarily difficult and potentially traumatic period, resulting in Sol Haven receiving a Prime Minister’s Points of Light award.

Sol Haven is a project close to the hearts of its co-founders, Sammuel Yisrael CMgr MCMI and Natasha Caton. They decided to start the farm after discovering that they had both been homeless at one point in their lives.

Sammuel, a CMI member, is an aerospace engineer and manager in addition to his community work. Despite having a well-paid job, he found himself living out of his car after his marriage ended. With his mental health and self-esteem at an all-time low, he tried to preserve a veneer of normalcy in his day job.

Keep reading for Sammuel’s management lessons


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