To the editor:

We are writing to applaud the staff of Holiday Inn Express in Portland.

When we first arrived with only the clothes on our back, they were so committed to making our stay welcoming and comfortable. By the next morning, they had placed a fridge and microwave in our room.

We were constantly reassured that we were welcome to stay as long as we needed.

Even though we felt we may have overstayed our welcome during our three-month residency, the kind staff reassured us that we were not going to be asked to leave.

Holiday Inn Express and its staff were such a blessing to us in our time of need.

Dave and Linda Lowe

Rural Pennville