Kate learns the hard way when she breaks a cardinal rule at Brothers Keepers, taking in a runaway teenager who eventually breaks her heart.
Kate realizes that a mother working to straighten out her life and get her children back is just not ready for the responsibility; Joe and Abbie try to prevent a wedding.
Kate helps Jackson Turner, an exonerated death row inmate recently reunited with his daughter, get back on track, finding him a steady job and good place to live; Joe runs for city council.
A troubled 12-year-old boy lashes out, shooting Joe and another volunteer; Kate gets involved in a gay spousal abuse case; Abbie sticks her neck out for a homeless man who claims that he is Jesus.
Kate battles a school board after she questions the mother of an artistic youth who seems uncharacteristically dazed, and learns he is on Ritalin by order of his school.
A hardworking single mother striving to build a better life for her children finds help and a new outlook at a community advocacy center. This episode: Kate faces losing her job and eviction.