Union Rescue Mission

Warburton has planned fundraisers for the Union Rescue Mission, an organization that aids the homeless in Los Angeles.

Helping kids get clean water in Nicaragua. It’s a far cry from Derek Warburton’s glamorous life at the Chamberlain West Hollywood, but not a far cry from how he grew up. “When I’m helping the homeless, it reminds me so much of my childhood,” he said.

He and his family were homeless in his early teens and then one day, he remembers having a feeling.

“I was 15 and I decided it was that life for me and I was going to survive,” he said.

He picked himself up and got himself off the streets. Always loving fashion, he eventually became a celebrity stylist in New York, and about five years later, moved to Los Angeles.

“Hollywood needs people who want to come and help. The homeless situation is out of control. A lot of the homeless are people who came here to tried to live their dreams and it didn’t work out,” he said.

People like him. Except his dream did work out, so now he wants to pay it forward, so he started working with the Union Rescue Mission.