My name is Vondell Cotton I have been associated with the PEAR Project since October, 2015 this is how the introduction began.

I went to the Career Center Goodwill to look for a job and I had only one unemployment check remaining. Looking at the calendar that the career center place at desk I noticed that a class was in progress a class to help felons get a job by using proper terms on resumes and job interviews. The facilitator knew what he was speaking about because he had been in our shoes and had overcome many of these obstacles successfully.

He spoke on many topics that we can use. One topic that really stuck on my mind and snatched my interest was an entrepreneur opportunity, as the facilitator would say a "Tailor Made Opportunity".  I began thinking about placing vending machines, bubble gum and candy machines in restaurants, businesses and recreational spots. Once I heard about this amazing opportunity and learned the know-how, I did not look back.

As of today Jan 14, 2016 I have 7 vending machines 3 that are on order for a location with this locator called Kickstart also working on a deal to purchase  8 machines with routes and inventory.

My Goal for this vending business is to build a route with 30 candy machines, once completed I will take the proceeds from the 30 machines to purchase the larger machines, potato chips, candy bars, sandwiches etc. I did the math and I figure 30 candy machines in high traffic areas will make this vending business self-sufficient with itself where I don’t have to place my own funds and the business will do the work. 2016 will be a good year for VdellMarketing Group & Vending,

Working with a nonprofit organization like the PEAR Project that helps men and women to better themselves after incarceration, has helped changed my life. Thank you for showing me a new outlook on my future.

God Bless

getting the JOb

The PEAR uses a grassroots and hands-on process for planning, tracking, and managing our clients individual needs, focusing on  tailoring solutions that help them become successful returning citizens.

Our  approach is multi-dimensional with

commitments and  partnerships with other

stakeholders also in pursuit of similar goals

for complex issues. We invite you to partner

with us to build new success stories.

Awarding  a Certificate of Accomplishment  for a Year of  Productive and Positive Living !!




Getting back to Work

The PEAR Project is proud to announce

that it is a recipient of a grant awarded
by the Pollination Project! Come back soon
to learn more about Project Backpack!

meeting milestones

Hello I would like to say thank you for letting me

experience your program. I am a man in my late forties and did 20 years in prison. I came home and met a lady who told me about your program. She shared some information she had used for herself and allowed me to also use the course information you provided in your Re-entry packages. I have been home now for one year and I am on the same job. They need more  programs like this here in Rochester, N.Y. and it is sad that we had to utilize  your Program in Atlanta. I just want to thank you so very much, it has really changed my life. I'm a better man today, paying bills and going places. I never thought I would say these words, but there is a God.

Anonymous , Rochester N.Y.

What's more important than  accomplishing a goal? Nothing.


We love nothing more than to help our clients reach their milestones. We have a proven track record of making that happen, even under the most challenging situations. We have a passion to getting to the root of every circumstance to help determine the best path of successful reentry.

December 24, 2016 Christmas Breakfast Redan Recreation Center giving back to the community

Our staff members are our greatest assets, with varied backgrounds and experiences providing genuine support and assistance to those in need of help.

our services


For more than 10 years the PEAR Project has provided services to individuals in need. Our mission is to Prepare and Empower at risk individuals with life skills needed to become Accountable and effectively manage their Responsibilities. The PEAR's primary focus is

on Reentry and the needs of returning citizens.

launch with the right plan in place

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Encouraging our



PEAR recently attended the Reentry

Symposium held at Georgia State University !

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  • Records Restrictions
  • NA

Derrick Whitlock

I was a student at the PEAR Project and completed my classes  December 1, 2014. I have never entered a room where the first test changed my life. I applied the principals that I learned at the PEAR and 8 months later I am working for DeKalb County Sanitation as  a Senior Crew Worker.
I hope this will inspire someone else to dig a little bit harder.
-In the end the only regret is the chances we didn't take earlier.

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Changing Lives

Restoring HOPE

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  • Addiction Recovery
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