Port Townsend woman offers safe haven, lessons in living for local teens

PORT TOWNSEND — It is the first day of school, and Julia Cochrane is up and moving early at her house at the foot of Umatilla Avenue.

An educational assistant at Blue Heron Middle School, she has to be out the door by 7:30 to stand crossing guard duty — an orange flag in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other — before putting in a long day in the classroom, helping students figure out the intricacies of math and science.

But first, she must deal with the logistics of getting four of the five teenagers in her house up and off to high school. Excluding her 16-year-old daughter, Nina, the students are the latest in a stream of young people she has opened her home to over the last 25 years, young people who, for one reason or another, have needed a place to stay before making the leap to adulthood.

“I give them a firm platform to take off from,” Cochranee said. “They need some place to be a kid a little longer.”

Cochrane is an official co-parent, or custodial parent, for teenagers whose parents cannot provide them with a stable home or who, for other reasons, do not live with their parents.


The rest of the story appears in Tuesday’s Peninsula Daily News Jefferson County edition.

More in News

Ridge ski season opens Saturday

Finally, enough snow falls for winter sports

Work progresses on the road deck of the main over-water spans at the site of a new U.S. Highway 101 bridge over the Elwha River southwest of Port Angeles on Thursday. The bridge will replace an older nearby span that was determined to have structurally-deficient pier footings. The $36 million project is expected to be completed in December.
Elwha River bridge construction

Work progresses on the road deck of the main over-water spans at… Continue reading

Clallam Community Service Awards nominations deadline April 1

Nominations for the 2024 Clallam County Community Service Awards… Continue reading

Road work to begin near Forks

Contractor crews will begin construction of a temporary bridge on… Continue reading

A gate and concrete barricades block the north end of Towne Road as it reaches the new Dungeness River levee on Tuesday northwest of Sequim. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Residents provide Towne Road feedback

More than 30 express opinions on project

Point Hudson Marina slated to be open today

Port of Port Townsend plans grand opening ceremony on April 24

Firefighters extinguished a fire in an RV near Olympic Medical Center on Wednesday in Port Angeles. No one was injured. (Port Angeles Fire Department)
No one injured in RV fire

No one was injured following an RV fire at… Continue reading

Mobile Healing Clinic to start in Clallam Bay on Monday

RV offers similar MAT services as Sequim facility

Finalists for the 2023 Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber Commerce’s Citizen of the Year award include, front row, from left, Carol Labbe and Pauline Olsen. Not pictured is the award recipient, Renne Emiko Brock, who was unable to attend the chamber’s annual awards luncheon on Tuesday. Pictured with Labbe and Olsen are, back row, from left, chamber President Eran Kennedy, chamber Executive Director Beth Pratt and Lorie Fazio, Citizen of the Year committee chair. (Michael Dashiell/Olympic Peninsula News Group)
Art advocate Brock named Sequim Citizen of Year

Labbe, Olsen finalists for town’s top civic award