SAN BERNARDINO -- There's a new movement afoot in the city, a grassroots plan to save San Bernardino.

On Saturday, about three dozen Christians gathered at the inaugural rally in front of St. Francis Episcopal Church on Sterling Avenue to pray for the city.

The project is a unification of Christians in the Inland Empire to use their gifts and talents to meet the needs of the thousands of residents who are in need of food, shelter, clothing, counseling, medical care and employment.

Michelle Pollard and her husband Steve were among the speakers Saturday, inspiring an audience that included San Bernardino City Unified School District board member Margaret Hill and Beverly Earl, head of Catholic Charities.

"San Bernardino is a city in peril," Michelle Pollard said. "Christians from every denomination can unite together and impact the poorest city in the United States - second only to Detroit. "

The grassroots plan is to reach out to 6,000 Christians around the Inland Empire to knock on doors - some 59,000 in the city - and offer to help families in any way they can, using their gifts, talents and available resources.

"We believe that God wants us to make a difference, and that includes the city of San Bernardino because we know people are hurting and struggling," Pollard said. "It's about meeting the needs of everyone in the city. "

She said she is rallying as many people as she can.

People from all denominations are being invited to be a part of the project. Another rally is scheduled for next month.

For more information, call 909-379-9255; or visit tellforjesus.org.