Through word of mouth and the group’s strong ties to New York’s fashion community, the team at Women in Need convinced stars including David Beckham, P. Diddy, Justin Timberlake, and Halle Berry to design stylish, signed mini-houses to be auctioned off for a good cause. The goal is to build 280 new shelter units for New York City homeless women and their kids. And the need has never been higher: 39,000 people—80 percent of the women and children—are sleeping in municipal shelters each night.
Berry donated a gem-encrusted house. The Oscar-winning actress is a spokeswoman for women’s cancer causes and has also supported non-profits that work to prevent domestic violence.