Transforming Lives in Ukraine since 1993


Founded 1993 by Don Miller, retired pastor and seminary administrator, as a humanitarian outreach to the poor, weak, and marginalized in the founder’s ancestral villages in the Zhytomyr Oblast region. Twelve workers helped to distribute food and hope in their villages under the direction of Galina Bidenko, National Director. With the purchase of a building, Vyhoda became the first “home” of SMU.

Phase 1 - Medical Clinic

A medical clinic was established by Olga Propochuk and continues to meet the needs in rural communities.


After Alex Brzhezitskyy became National Director in 2001, SMU entered into a partnership with Victory Church operating an addiction recovery ministry in the Vyhoda building and offering training in welding on the premises. (Over the next two decades, SMU partnered with a number of other organizations, both giving them needed support as they began ministries and thereby extending our reach into the community.)


In 2007, both the Pulyny Widows’ Home and Community Center and the Korosten Shelter were built, providing safe and caring communities for elder widows. Nadiya Siryk became director of the Pulyny center and Slav and Tatiana Yukhymets became the caregivers in Korsten.


Under Nadiya Siryk’s leadership, The Community Center in Pulyny is reaching many children, youth and adults with training, assistance, and spiritual nurture.

Vika Brzhezytska established the Life Skills Center in SMU’s newly purchased building in 2018.


Property was purchased and remodeled to become Vyhoda Community Center.

Nadiya Siryk, Yana Vosnuk and Sasha Gerasymchuk became the Core Leadership Team for Samaritan Ministries in Ukraine in 2020.