I attempted to transcribe the video due to the poor sound quality below – the essence of truth was captured in this interview and it becomes more and more relevant everyday. Filmed February of 2020. To see the the video interview see our Facebook page at: hollywoodandvinecenter.
I know that with myself specifically with financial fear like all of my bills I have maybe $80.00 in my checking account and all of my income has officially been canceled. So, no weddings because I am in the service event industry and in Recovery I have faced my financial fear. Because I am powerless over it anyway and because I had already surrendered to a Power greater than myself I simply just have to follow directions so…I didn’t really have to do much.
The pain of my fears had been removed from me on step 6 & 7 so as I literally lost all of my income I was able to face that with the Power of ‘Okay God what would you have me do now?’ and then that pain of what used to be self pity and fear was kind of turned into determination and motivation to follow God’s direction, and God has been paying my bills the whole time anyway and God will continue to.
Well actually after, I was sharing with you some of the opportunities that was given to me just by coming into the fellowship. They were giving me opportunities to improve my education that was one part of it, the other part of it was in wanting to learn more about the program…I had sort of teamed up with some guys because it was more or less men, 95% of the program was men when I came into it.
So, we were studying but the idea I had was since we went to meetings morning, noon, and night that if we had a place we could get together then we could study this program more.
Because we wanted to learn as much as we could about what this book had to say and any other related information they had…we wanted to know it all. So uh, I didn’t have no finances to open a house…God gave me that idea because it had to come from God. Said to look in the paper and see [if you] can’t find a place or a residential facility that might be available. So I found this large big house. It was an estate I found so I said I am going to go over and see this place.
So, I called up the real estate company and they took me over to see this particular house and the guy that was showing it to me didn’t have the key. So I said well I am going to walk around the house and see.
So, I walked around the house and I looked at it and thought the house would be what I thought we need for meetings and….well mainly for meetings is what I thought. So the man said well I don’t have the key to let you in so I say well I’ll go with you to the office to get the key and we went to the office and I gave the him $3.50 for the key – and that was cause I had no money!
I had no money! I had no money for no house (chuckles) God told me to go look and I did. So I gave him $3.50 so I took the key and went back and opened the house and called up my friends and told them ‘look I got a place for us so we can have our meetings.’ So it wasn’t anything in the house, wasn’t no furniture. There wasn’t no electricity or nothing going on. So we took the house.
So that night we had a meeting. We had a candlelight meeting cause we had no electricity, and we raised enough money that night at that meeting to be able to go pay for the rent for that house – pay for the first, last, and security of that house. So, I didn’t have any money for that house and so I didn’t even plan that I was gon’ do this but God directed it and it happened. So I’m sayin’ I have followed the principals of this program. I have followed, surrendered to the will of God and actually everything I have ever done God has directed me for the past 62 years, and I have followed and I have had many houses, many programs, many vehicles, whatever you want. I have traveled – I have had whatever it was.
We have had big affairs…because God has…I don’t know where this music came from but I was interested in music as well although I don’t sing, dance or play any instrument. Through my desire for musical things we have had a lot of musical events with nothing but professionals and professional entertainers. We’ve had so many people in the movie industry. We had so much activity going on and I had an opportunity to work with people in congress.
The main thing that, the thing that impressed me the most and that is closest to my heart is I had the chance to work with Marty Mann. And Marty Mann was really the third person in alcoholic anonymous. The man laying on the bed was one of the sickest ones.
Marty Mann was the first woman that came to Alcoholics Anonymous, the first woman that stayed. And Marty Mann, she helped write the Big Book. She helped create all the literature and information, and she believed alcoholism being a disease and the whole concept of alcoholism being a disease was mainly developed through Marty Mann. Marty Mann actually created a program that is still in existence and that is the National Council of Alcoholism that still exist today – internationally it exist. I had a chance to work with her on the development of that program when it first started. So I feel so honored that I got to work with the first woman in alcoholic anonymous and had the chance to work on the development of programs in alcoholics anonymous because I have been able to develop the first programs for AA in Michigan and the first treatment programs and residential treatment programs in Michigan – they had none!
Then I went to Canada and developed some treatment programs there and those programs still exist and are still functioning today. So, I had no plan. I didn’t plan to do anything. So what I am trying to say is when you surrender to God and open yourself to God’s will – God directs you and takes care of you.
In my lifetime I have had millions of dollars at my disposal to use and to do with it what I want. So I am saying…God did that! I didn’t have no way of doing that. I have never called myself ever having a job and never thought about having no job. I work for God and God directs the whole program because I never considered I had a job, I never had one!
You have to surrender to God what you have done! I really believe – because a lot of people have asked me about Hollywood and Vine even (names omitted to protect anonymity) ____…..
I have had a lot of people ask me for Hollywood and Vine…but I never ever felt the desire to turn it into anybody else’s hand or trust that they would do the right thing. But God sent you in my life and I really believe when you start talking I really believe when you start talking that God has sent you and this is what it was supposed to be the continuation of what God wanted done – so I am just transferring the continuation of God’s will. God has given you the motivation and this is your will to do these things so.
You know, um…I know it takes faith. It takes trust and faith and a lot of that to believe and to walk out into the world and say I don’t have to worry about anything God will take care of me, but God will. But that takes absolute faith because most people will discourage you. If I had listened to folks I would have still been in nursing years ago and never did anything, anything differently. Back then there was no program, there was nothing you had to go on but following the will of God. You can’t listen to people.
People made it before there was treatment programs and there was nothing else to go on but following the will of God.
My name is Anneca Peoples, I certainly did not ask to carry on the Hollywood and Vine Recovery Centers history of healing, and I most certainly did not ask for the pain that led to my enlightenment, but I am most grateful for the direction that today I follow. Support and follow our organization as we re-open to Los Angeles bringing Arts, Healing, and God to heal the lives of all of those in peril, especially those in need of recovery from racial discrimination which God gave us the unique experience of understanding.