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The Coach family


Anicha Coach will soon have a new home for her sons Demetrius, 13 (not pictured); Montress, 9; and Montez, 5. Coach was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, graduated from Ensley High School and attended Lawson State Community College. She hopes to return to school in the future.

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‘Enough was enough’

Vandals broke into Anicha Coach’s old apartment three times in 18 months.

“I have three children,” she said. “One is too many break-ins. We had way too many.”

After the third break-in, Coach’s mother took action. “Enough was enough at that apartment,” Coach’s mother said. “I went over there, started putting stuff in my truck and moved her in with her sister’s family.”

Coach and her children won’t have to share living space with her sister for much longer. By the end of the Carter Work Project, Coach will be a new Habitat homeowner.

“I’m glad for their security,” she said. “I hope they’ll turn out to be better kids and find something better in life to do.”

Coach has worked as a librarian at the Five Points West Library for 13 years, checking out plenty of books and movies for her three sons: Demetrius, 13; Montress, 9; and Montez, 5. All three boys spend lots of time at the A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club, where they love to swim and play sports.

Coach says she’s thankful to have her mother still in her life. “We stay close so we can get to each other whenever someone needs something,” she said. “And I’m sure once we move into our new house we’ll work on fixing it up, and she’ll help us with that.”