Monday morning sheriff deputies along with Jasper Police officers served a court order that has been repeatedly delayed for weeks, forcing the eviction of residents at the Refuge in Jesus homeless shelter in downtown Jasper. Mid-morning, all was going peacefully with deputies on hand and workers for the building owner moving the tenants’ possessions to the street where the items, including many mattresses and furnishings, must remain for 24 hours. A crowd of the tenants, shelter leaders and supporters were also on hand, with some videoing the proceeding and at least one preaching.
A sheriff’s official said they had offered rides to take anyone there wherever they could but hadn’t had any takers as of mid-morning. See full report in this week’s Progress.