ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Jeremy Reynalds, a longtime advocate for the homeless in New Mexico and who founded the state's largest emergency shelter, has died.

Joy Junction, the shelter Reynalds founded more than three decades ago, announced in a statement Wednesday that he died after a long illness. He was 60.

Born in Bournemouth, England, Reynalds came to the U.S. in 1978 after attending a Bible college. He volunteered at a Christian prison ministry in Florida and later ended up homeless.

Reynalds moved to New Mexico in the 1980s and started the privately funded Joy Junction with the goal of helping those struggling with homelessness.

In a 2011 interview with The Associated Press, Reynalds said the U.S. was failing to commit to fighting poverty and he vowed to continue the fight until his death.