For over 27 years community leaders, business professionals and educators have been recognized as “Pillars of the Community” by the Houston Educational Support Personnel (HESP) Union. The HESP Union represents custodians, kitchen workers and bus drivers employed by the Houston Independent School District (HISD). On February 25, 2017 support workers at HISD honored recipients of the 27th Annual Pillars of the Community Awards at Beechnut Academy in Houston, TX. Rho Xi Chapter’s own, Bro. Joseph Washington was among the distinguished group of award recipients for his work in the community. Isiah Carey, a local television reporter for Fox 26 served as the master of ceremonies for the tenth year in a row and Dr. Caroyln Evans-Shabazz, Houston Community College (HCC) Trustee for District IV, delivered the keynote address.