Adam House is named in honour and memory of Salah and Shaline Adam, and their children Joshua (4) and Rebecca (17 months), who perished when Egypt Air Flight 990 went down on October 31, 1999. The Adams were on their way to Sudan to celebrate the wedding of Salah’s sister, and to visit refugees there.
Shaline had formerly worked in a North African nation, with Arab World Ministries (AWM).She had returned to Toronto and was working with immigrants and refugees. It was there that she met Salah, a refugee from Sudan. Through the ministry of Morningstar Christian Fellowship (formerly Churchill Heights Baptist Church), Salah had given his heart and life to Christ. Salah and Shaline were married in 1993 and were working together, ministering to newcomers to Canada.
Hundreds of people, whose lives had been touched by their compassionate ministry, mourned this tragic loss.
Salah and Shaline had a vision of establishing a refugee home in Toronto. After their deaths, AWM colleagues helped this vision become reality. The ministry of Adam House was launched in September 2002, under the direction of AWM, with the express purpose of serving new refugee claimants to Canada. The Adam House building was purchased on January 31, 2002. After a few months of renovations, Adam House began assisting refugees in June, although the official launch was held in September. The very first person to stay at Adam House was a man from the middle-east. His name was Salah!