My Dad And I Were Homeless and Had to Sleep in Our Car

  • Published on Feb 19, 2019
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    Gaby's father and her step-mother decided to get a divorce, which wasn't all that much of a surprise overall but it came rather suddenly, and at a really bad time because her father was out of work and was having a lot of trouble finding a new job.
    At first her step-mom was really kind and told them that she would pay the rent for a month, and that they could stay, while he found a job and a new place for the two of them to live. The apartment had been hers to begin with.
    But only a few days later she had kind of forgotten all about her offer and asker Gaby's dad for the rent money. He told her he didn't have the money and reminded her that she had offered to pay, to go easy on the divorce while he got things settled and started up somewhere else. Her dad was trying, and looking for a job, and all of that in the middle of a divorce.
    She got super mad, denied ever saying that, yelled some more about the divorce and told Gaby and her dad to pack their bags into the car and leave. They didn't have a choice, with no money and no place to go, only their car and clothes, they shoved a single mattress into the backseat of their car and spent the night homeless, in a car. Gaby spent that night crying, shaken, scared and uncertain, she never imagined she would be homeless, sleeping in a car.
    The next morning they watched the house to see when her stepmom left for work and then they quickly went into the house, showered, and grabbed the rest of their things. And still, after all that had happened, Gaby had to go to school. All of her best friends had heard about what happened and they were all really supportive and some of them even offered to have them stay with them and their families, anything other than sleeping in a car.
    But, instead, her Dad found a public park that had bathrooms, and one stall that never got used where they stored their larger stuff. Her dad made a shower out of a hose that ran into one of the bathrooms and that's how they bathed every night.
    The park had a barbecue as well, and that's where they would cook their meals, all the time sleeping in the car, homeless.
    Gaby and her dad lived like that, shopping for food a day at a time, eating and showering in the park, and sleeping in their car, for a few months. Finally, one of her dad's friends somehow found out what was going on and insisted that they come to stay at his house for a couple of weeks while her dad continues his job search.
    Her dad was embarrassed, and ashamed, but he needed the help and he accepted his friend's offer to put them up. With the very little money that he had all he could afford for them was a shared house, with lots of people living in it, totally cramped and uncomfortable, and the people there were really weird and acted really strange. Gaby and her dad really hated it there. It was almost worse than sleeping in a car.
    On day her dad got great news - he had gotten an offer for a really decent job, but, it was in another state. Gaby really didn't want to move, didn't want to leave all her friends and move away - but - she knew that they needed to and that her dad needed that job.
    They had to go all the way from New South Wales to the Norther Territory. She pretty much cried the whole way.
    But now it's been three years since they were homeless and sleeping in a car, and since they moved, and she's now super happy that they have settled into a real home that feels safe and secure.
    And, even though it sounds strange, she's glad that they had that experience because it brought Gaby and her father so much close together, and she saw and learned how much she had taken for granted, and will always appreciate every moment she has and all the blessings that come with them.
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Comments • 8 630

  • nightxvsky 27
    nightxvsky 27 7 hours ago

    Wow I can't believe her own mother did that to them
    i hate her

  • the gaming ninja oof
    the gaming ninja oof 16 hours ago

    A divooorce lol

  • Flamie
    Flamie 21 hour ago

    2:27 why?😂

  • Yuliya
    Yuliya Day ago

    That's kinda selfish of your mom though, she just left you guys with nothing

  • Melanie valles
    Melanie valles Day ago

    Idk why but i imagine u to be Asian

  • Richard Spilled
    Richard Spilled Day ago

    I relate to this right now. I moved from wisconsin to Georgia and we had to stay with a friend. She got arrsted for pulling a gun out on us and so for a month we lived at her place. After we got a call from her sister and she told us we had to leave by the first of november and her sister wpuld help us look for a place. Now we live in a hotel until we can get into out apt. My moms bf is moving in with us. In order fpt us to move in tho we have to pay 2 grand but we don't have it yet... Lord have mercy on my mom and u

  • { Sunshine }
    { Sunshine } Day ago

    *my dad and my step-mom decided to get a DivorCEeeED

  • Rosé
    Rosé Day ago +1

    The dooooves

  • Benita.James Binge
    Benita.James Binge 2 days ago

    Hi I live in Australian

  • Must4f4.m
    Must4f4.m 2 days ago

    Idk why but i would actually quite like sleeping in a car.🙄

  • Tonya Ingram
    Tonya Ingram 3 days ago

    Love you sis

  • Tonya Ingram
    Tonya Ingram 3 days ago

    Okay I’m so sorry

  • linda
    linda 4 days ago

    Same country😇

  • Nickfowa
    Nickfowa 4 days ago

    Dude we are the same we sleep in the car but we have condo and we are not homeless! Trust me it’s not a nice time

  • itzRainbowflash21 ;-;
    itzRainbowflash21 ;-; 4 days ago +1

    at least this channel has accurate *real* stories,
    *caugh, caugh unlike my story animated*

  • Kristy TheEggo
    Kristy TheEggo 4 days ago

    0:04 “mY dAd aNd mY sTep mUm decIdEd tO gEt a dIvooooOOorce”

  • нoѕнı ѕѧмѧ
    нoѕнı ѕѧмѧ 5 days ago

    Your father though... ♡♡♡ That kind of love he's giving♡

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  • Gacha Watermelon
    Gacha Watermelon 5 days ago +5

    “My dad and my step mom decided to get a *divoooooooorce* ”

  • Jude Lawson
    Jude Lawson 6 days ago +1

    My friend Mitchell he is moving to Australia on Friday I’m sad

  • ZAgamerboy
    ZAgamerboy 7 days ago

    i bet you live in south afrika becuase on the bag is on of the stores here

  • Caitlinn C
    Caitlinn C 8 days ago

    What happened to her biological mother?

  • Steven Martinez
    Steven Martinez 9 days ago

    Not to be mean but it's kinda the dad's fault because he should've had a job by now.

  • Vincent Au-Yeunv
    Vincent Au-Yeunv 9 days ago

    i live in austrailia

  • Lois Plays
    Lois Plays 11 days ago

    When you said you live in Australia I was like YES! FINALLY! SOMEONE WHO LIVED IN THE SAME STATE!

  • Zoom
    Zoom 11 days ago

    Oh dad, what are you doing?

  • Have Fun With Belen
    Have Fun With Belen 11 days ago

    How could you ask a homeless person if they are because (THEY DON'T HAVE A PHONE)

  • markie hyuckie
    markie hyuckie 13 days ago


  • kian albinus
    kian albinus 13 days ago

    I am working 24/7 to pay rent At
    a low paying job as a burger fliper
    At burgerking but hey free meal

  • Shadowsans1217 O
    Shadowsans1217 O 16 days ago

    Yo I actually cried

  • MockingSpongeBob1 Mocking

    1% YES,and I'm still homeless

    How u own a device then?

  • Hey max your cool but
    Hey max your cool but 17 days ago


  • V Sauce
    V Sauce 18 days ago

    During this vid I had a fire and the vid was still going and I be like 😰😱😰😨😨😨😨😰😥😓😰😨😱 I’m that was the most horrifying 3 minutes of my life my hands are shaking

  • Chara Deermur
    Chara Deermur 19 days ago

    what happen to your mom

  • DAC Studios
    DAC Studios 19 days ago

    I didn’t know people lived in the Northern Territory..

  • Peridot
    Peridot 20 days ago

    Hey gab miss you

    Btw friend of ur old school 😭

  • -IIZero-TwoII-
    -IIZero-TwoII- 20 days ago +5

    Imagine The step mom found them years later she said im poor the dad is like HELL NAH

  • mick•wya
    mick•wya 21 day ago

    2:30 *bawling my ass out*

  • Katung So
    Katung So 22 days ago

    Your mom Suck

  • jake smith
    jake smith 22 days ago

    Ausy im ausy

  • Maggy Nicole 11 2008
    Maggy Nicole 11 2008 22 days ago

    ;) 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

    SØØKIE 25 days ago

    That’s like my friend Glorious she moved when I was in 1 grade but I’m in 8 grade :c D:

    DEADBEAT 25 days ago +3

    Hot Wheels: Homeless Edition! Grab now for free!

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    Yanping Wu 26 days ago


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  • Rhiannon Hyde
    Rhiannon Hyde 28 days ago

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  • Eliyourboy Awesome
    Eliyourboy Awesome 28 days ago +2

    It’s like the survival challenge

  • messy bang
    messy bang 28 days ago +1


  • Jessica Ford
    Jessica Ford 28 days ago

    2:30 hold up did see just say she was balling her as* out just rewind and you'll hear it

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    Divoooorce 0:06

  • Lily Auld
    Lily Auld Month ago

    You use to live in NSW? I use to! But I moved country

  • Night Legend
    Night Legend Month ago +7

    Her Mother really is the worse for letting her daughter be homeless.

  • Happy Doge
    Happy Doge Month ago

    At least u had a car and every thing i was homless one time and fr on the streets and i was like in 2nd or 3rd grade u know 7/11? Yup only ate them pizza idk if i miss that lifestyle

  • Natu 100
    Natu 100 Month ago

    2:30 and I just started pulling my ass out

  • Time to Slime
    Time to Slime Month ago

    Wow you live in Aussie land

  • Galaxy Gal
    Galaxy Gal Month ago

    I dont even have a car

  • Donald J. Trump
    Donald J. Trump Month ago +1

    The girls voice is annoying. Anyone else?

  • Olivia Greer
    Olivia Greer Month ago

    1:11 daphne gummy key 🔑 Chain