Camilla Coach was born and raised in Tuscaloosa as an only child, and lost her father when she was a teenager. She has a young son named Richard.
Camilla and Richard were living in an apartment at Rosedale Courts on April 27th when the tornado ripped through Tuscaloosa and destroyed the apartments. She recalls horrible scenes that she witnessed in the moments after the storm. Camilla was living on a fixed income and had no insurance. Losing everything she had, she found herself as a young mother with no place to go. She and her son temporarily stayed at a shelter at the Belk Center and received help from local churches. She stood out to the leaders of the disaster relief organizations because she always did exactly what she promised to do and had a desire to better her life and her situation. She managed to find a job and a temporary place to live while she waits for her new Habitat home to be completed. She has plans to further her education and wants to make a better life for her son.