We have superheros in our own backyard and don’t even know it. The Pulpit caught up with one, Valencia “Vee” Gunder, the Founder of MTHS: Make the Homeless Smile. She wasn’t wearing a cape or fighting crime with supernatural abilities, but she is using her voice, her talents, and her story to make her community a better and more empowered place. Chatting it up while grabbing a bite to eat at the Lil Greenhouse Grill in Miami, we talked about her nonprofit, her motivations, and her vision for her organization.First, a little about Vee. She works as a Soros Justice Fellow, strongly supporting efforts to end gun violence, being motivated by the death of her goddaughter, Jada. She also works with inner city youth, recently taking them to Washington D.C. for a March for Our Lives event, as well as women who were formerly incarcerated. Inspired by her own homelessness in 2010, she also founded MTHS to advocate for the homeless. “I spark into action when something hits me close and cuts deep. Those are the times I decide to be way more verbal,” she says.