Ellen Bry, very experienced in TV work, is the main character Ester Hobbes. She lives a life of luxury in Chicago. Her husband is apparently a wealthy businessman, as we see him going somewhere in his personal limo. But as he starts to squirm a bit in the back seat and loosen his shirt collar, my wife announces "He is having a heat attack." This scene quickly dissolves into a funeral ceremony.
All this happens at the very beginning and serves to set up the real story here. The Hobbes personal lawyer informs Ester that she is broke, her husband had make some investments that went bad, she would have to sell the estate and its contents to pay debts, and the only thing she could keep is a home in Georgia that her husband had purchased for her, in her name, in a small community in Georgia.
After the initial shock she diligently went to Georgia, she had no option, and found the residence leased to a couple who took in foster kids, each with a serious medical or interpersonal issue. The movie is the story of her transition from spoiled wealthy woman in the city to one who decided to devote her life to helping youngsters in need and building more facilities for foster homes.
This is not a great movie, the acting is variable, and many times the dialog doesn't ring true. But it is a good story built on good family and friendship values. And it helps that everyone comes out happy, when the movie ends 15 years afterwards.